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Last Updated: Thursday February 14 2008 06:18 GMT

Should consoles be banned from your bedroom?

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Politicians are planning to shake up the rules about kids and computer games, reports say.

As part of this, it's thought they're going to ask parents to move consoles out of their kids' bedrooms.

The idea is to get children using their consoles in family rooms - so mum and dad can keep an eye on what they're playing.

How would you feel about a ban on consoles in the bedroom?

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"I think it is correct that they should be kept away from bedrooms, but if they are in bedrooms then they should have time limits or a timer. On the Wii it says how long you've played."

Eilif, 11, Rome, Italy

"No. I have a PS2 in my room and I have no problems."

Kayleigh, 10, Hawick, Scotland

"No, because it is the only thing good that is in my bedroom!"

Connor, 12, Paignton, England

"I think consoles should be banned from children's bedrooms and put away on certain days. Maybe try a 'computer/WII free day.'"

Chloe, 12, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think that kids should be allowed consoles in their rooms, if they can be trusted."

Annie, 12, Bedfordshire, England

"I think it is a good idea, as consoles could distract children from doing other things. Also, your parents would not know what you are doing and it could encourage children to be involved in violence, if they don't have supervision."

Lauren, 10, Penarth, Wales

"If consoles are causing distractions then the children should just move to a different room."

Samantha, 13, Greenford, England

"I think the government has made a brilliant suggestion, as a lot of kids play on really violent games."

Brodie, 10, Nottingham, England

"No, I play on mine every night before I go to bed, it helps me relax after doing my maths homework."

William, 7, Hampshire, England

"No, because your mum or dad buy the games you are going to play and they will know if it's suitable or not."

Sharny, 9, Sussex, England

"Yes, if it is distracting you when you are studying, but kids should be able to play on their consoles once in a while."

Sydney, 9, Essex, England

"The government can't control everything, sheesh! These kind of things should be decided by parents."

Brill, 12, Essex, England

"How would your mum and dad not know what you are playing if they bought the game for you? If they ban consoles in bedrooms, I would just ignore it."

Martin, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"I think parents should be able to choose whether or not we get games consoles in our rooms. I personally think it's not up to the government to decide, it should be our parents."

Anna, 11, Devon, England

"It's a free world and my parents can trust me to buy suitable games for myself to play on. I'm sorry, but it's the shopkeeper's fault for failing to ask for evidence of age."

Caitlin, 11, Derby, England

"If you are trying to study, I think it will distract you because it's in YOUR room and your parents won't KNOW what you are doing."

Lucy, 9, Hounslow, England

"I don't think they should be banned from your bedroom, but I think some consoles are better when you play with family."

Bethany, 11, Durham, England

"They shouldn't have to be banned because kids just want to have a bit of fun for a little while."

Bryony, 11, Isle of Man, England

"I think parents should be the ones to decide how old you are when you have a console in your room."

Lauren, 12, Scunthorpe, England

"I think that it should stay in their rooms. Some parents aren't interested if it's in the family room!"

Harry, 11, Staines, England

"I'm not allowed consoles in my bedroom and I don't really want any in my room either. I have lots of reasons why:
1. Because it's bad for the environment
2. It will damage your eyes
3. It will take away time with your family
4. Instead of you going to sleep, you would be playing on your console all night."

Eliza, 9, London, England

"I think kids should just listen to what their parents say about it."

Nikkie, 8, Hertford, England

"Children should have consoles in their room - but have strict playing times."

Josh, 12, Southampton, England

"I think it is a good idea to ban consoles like Wii from bedrooms, but my parents don't even let me have my DS in my room!"

Alison, 13

"My Wii was bought as a family game - we hardly ever go on it by ourselves!"

Helena, 11, Spurstow, UK

"No, because if the console is in the living room, there will be a big argument about the TV."

Josh, 11, Overtown, Scotland

"We don't even have any kind of console in our house!"

Emily, 10, Lancashire, England

"I think that banning consoles would be silly as it keeps you busy and out of the way of parents and annoying siblings!"

Stacy, 12, Bristol, England

"Yes, because kids spend time on their consoles and no time with their family!"

Charlotte, 12, Derry Hill, England

"My Wii is already in the family room. And usually the whole family plays together! It's so much fun!"

Ronnie, 13, USA

"I don't even have a telly in my room, let alone a console! But my mum is always with me whenever I buy a game, so she knows what I'm playing!"

Bethany, 13, Nuneaton, England

"I think consoles should be kept in kids' bedrooms - then they can look after them properly so they don't get broken and little brothers and sisters can't break them."

Isabelle, 10, New Malden, England

"That is crazy. Even if the kid has a console in his bedroom and the parents are concerned, if I was the parent, I would just take away the games or controllers."

Kashif, 12, Nottingham, England

"I think kids under 12 should not have a console in the bedroom because they need monitoring. It should be in family rooms where adults are watching what games they are playing."

Megan, 14, Ringwood, England

"I wouldn't mind because my consoles are in the living room anyway. I think it would be better to spend some time with your parents!"

Olivia, 12, Taunton, England

"Consoles shouldn't be banned from your bedrooms because parents shouldn't have to see what you are playing when they bought the games for you."

Shannon, 11, Wolverhampton, England

"Me and my brother used so have our Wii console in my room. But my brother wanted it in the lounge. That is where it is now!"

Jack, 9, Upminster, England

"This is sad. Consoles should NOT be banned from our bedrooms."

Kat, 12, Wolverhampton, England



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