After researching the mmorpg on What They Play, I decided to let him give it a shot with as many tight parameters as possible. Basically he can go on the quests — so far to chop wood, make fire and shoot rats — but cannot freely chat with other players. We’ll see if this set up satisfies his desire to play or turns him off from the game. Also, the game doesn’t work with the controls I’ve set up on his log in, so if he wants to play he has to ask me first so I can enter my password. Also, any online play in our house is done on the lap top at the kitchen table.
To go along with all this, I’ve registered my own character to chop wood and shoot rats so that I can follow along — or even get ahead — of where all this is taking us. It’s my hope that these controls will help me keep him 10, at least until he turns 11.
What do you do to help your kids spread their wings but not fall from the nest?