02.07.2020

When is it safe to buy kids a VR headset?

Virtual Reality headsets are getting more popular with each passing year, and soon, this innovative technology will be every child’s dream. But does this means Virtual Reality for kids is harmless? And when is it safe to introduce children to VR? Let’s find out.

Learn about the age restrictions

Virtual reality is now present in many places where young kids are using it - in museums, cinemas, during fairs and even in the classrooms. First of all, we should look at the age restrictions that are provided by the Virtual Reality headsets manufacturers. For example, Sony PlayStation VR is recommended for ages 12 and up, whereas Samsung VR headsets and The Oculus are directed for kids of the ages 13 and older. It’s easy to see that most of the manufacturers promote their VR sets for children over the age of thirteen. But does this mean that younger children can’t use this technology? We need to remember that most of the VR headsets were designed for adults, who possess much better developed higher-level brain functions. This means that they can distinguish whether the experience is real or virtual. Often, young children cannot do that, and we’re not sure how exposure to the virtual environment will impact their further brain development. One of the other most common issues when it comes to Virtual Reality for kids is eye strain. Headsets are created to suit adults and are adapted to their eye craniums, not smaller ones.

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