Before purchasing a VR headset, consider what the child you are buying it for intends to do with it. In this Verywell Family article, Zishan Khan, MD, discusses what you need to know before you hit “add to cart” on a VR headset for your kids.
Virtual reality (VR) headsets are an easy, novel way to turn a traditional gaming or viewing experience into an immersive one. This advanced technology uses specialized LED screens that take images and distort them to look multi-dimensional. These screens are then nestled into an eye case that helps eliminate light, sounds, and distractions from the outside world, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in a 3D virtual reality.
Because these devices can be advanced, it can be hard to shop for the best fit for your family. We spoke with Winston Nguyen, VR developer and founder of VR Heaven, and Dr. Zishan Khan, MD, a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with Mindpath Health, to learn about what you need to know before you hit “add to cart” on a VR headset for your kids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that younger gamers work towards finding a “balance between digital consumption and healthier activities,” so it’s important to ensure that your child is taking plenty of breaks while playing and is using their electronics in moderation. Additionally, you’ll want to keep in mind the potential harms of games with virtual violence. This doesn’t mean that your children shouldn’t be playing video games—simply be mindful of what they are consuming. One way to mitigate any negative effects of video games is gaming together as a family or mixing in real-world games.
What to Look for in VR Headsets for Kids
The most important features buyers should be on the lookout for are comfort, resolution, field of vision, wirelessness, and whether it requires a VR-compatible device, like a phone, computer, or gaming system.
With the introduction of virtual reality comes a whole new host of things for users to immerse themselves in—and for parents to be aware of. Just like with other video games, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing a system that allows you to monitor screen time and content, as well as verify the ratings of the games being played.
Before purchasing a VR headset, consider what the child you are buying it for intends to do with it. It’s important to ensure any games your child intends to play are supported by the device.
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