My husband and 9-year-old son are both very much in favor of getting a Wii. I have doubts.
But living in a little expat bubble in Egypt, it is sometimes hard to know what is reasonable and what isn’t. Thus I seek the wisdom of Dopers. Here are some background facts:
Son has a computer in his room and internet access, but rules about how long he can be on the computer (1/2 hour day plus one “free day” on the weekends). None of his friends have their own computers.
He watches virtually no live TV, except sometimes CNN news. As a family we watch various flavors of Star Trek together on video (weekends only, or maybe 1-2 episodes during the week).
He has a Gameboy that he is only allowed to use while we are traveling (which is about 8 weeks/year), during which use is pretty much unrestricted.
None of his friends has a Wii.
He loves reading, and often reads an hour or more a day, demolishing books far above his grade level.
He takes piano lessons and enjoys them though he has to be reminded to practice. He is also a student of taekwondo and takes that very seriously.
He does pretty well in school although he hates to write and has atrocious spelling and handwriting and poor organizational skills.
Would you get a Wii for this child? I guess I am reluctant because (a) he is already fairly spoiled; and (b) it will just be one more distraction competing for his limited time (I don’t want the reading to decrease).
On the other hand, he is a good kid and extremely grateful for all that we provide. He doesn’t ACT spoiled; in fact he worries if he thinks a present is too expensive. And we could probably tie usage of the Wii to incentives (“all your book reports have to be at least 1 page long and you have to correct the spelling mistakes before you are allowed to use the Wii”). Also, he tends to be a bit bossy – we’ve noticed that if he and his friends are playing on his computer, he “drives” almost all the time. A Wii would allow more give-and-take and equalize the interaction.
Eh. What would you do/have you done with your own child, and why?