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(Topic ID: 253317)

How young is too young?


By Phat_Jay

1 year ago



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  • 37 posts
  • 27 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 9 months ago by skquinn
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    Topic poll

    “How young is too young?”

    • Too young, protect him 23 votes
      32%
    • Perfect age 42 votes
      58%
    • Too old 7 votes
      10%

    (72 votes)

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    #1 1 year ago

    I’d like peoples opinion on the minimum age to have a pinside acct. my youngest, who is thirteen, asked if he could have an account. He is a huge 80’s nerd, and loves pins and arcades, jolt cola, 80’s music, etc. he helps me work on my machines, and goes to pick up new ones with me. He’s gone to MGC and expo for many years now, and wants to goto Vegas to the pinball hall of fame. He’s even been in a Todd Tuckey episode. I know many of the conversations here would go over his head, but it might benefit him to read through the tech pages and learn more. Some day, most of my machines will be his. Thoughts?

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    #2 1 year ago

    He should be fine. There a lot worse things he could find on the internet.

    #3 1 year ago

    Be sure to tell him pinsiders are not real people but weird freaks he'll be fine
    Be sure to give him links to vids guides and Ltg tell him about HEP etc. Great info there!
    Just drop in to look at his activity once in a while.

    #4 1 year ago

    Heck he's thirteen and from all you say a great kid, let him sign up. So far as a minimum age for an account, I don't know that you can assign a definite age. Kids all mature and develop differently and at different rates; while your 13 yr. old appears to be mature enough not all kids his age would ready to have an account. I guess the bottom line is, it will have to be determined by every parent individually.

    #5 1 year ago

    Theres nothing on here that kids at school havent already exposed him to. Unless hes home schooled...then your wife must be really messed up for showing him all that. LOL

    #6 1 year ago

    He will certainly need a pinside account to access the basement.

    #7 1 year ago

    My opinion is to sit down with him and tell him to listen to the positive things that go on here. Lots of good information here and he should focus on that.

    Now as for the rest of the Internet...

    #8 1 year ago

    Thanks guys for the input, he’s a great kid. It’s through kids like him that our hobby will live on after we’re gone. The pic is from last yrs expo, so he’s a yr bigger now. Man how time flies. We were at the Garcade on Wednesday, and he was commenting on how we need this or that game because this one has this shot, and it feels great. And how that one the geometry seemed off, but the flipper may need some adjustment.... I wasn’t thinking like that at 13 I tell ya. Anyone around Menomonee falls needs to stop by the Garcade, they have really upped their game. A ton more pins! Nice job guys.

    #9 1 year ago

    If you want him to have access to the technical and game-specific posts, you could probably adjust the settings on his account to only display those. Then as he gets a bit older you could take off the blinkers.

    #10 1 year ago

    His age should be fine. Just remind him to keep his post positive and not fall for trolls. Sometimes I wish there was a way to lock me out when I’m drinking.

    #11 1 year ago

    Too young to be living any extension of life through an internet persona. Also this place goes from zero to toxic often. Some goon will no doubt lay into him if he has an opinion on anything. This is no place to build youthful confidence. IMHO

    #12 1 year ago

    I wouldn't want my kid being influenced by or thinking the world revolves around a bunch of old nerds stuck in the 1980s. But she does get a kick out of that.

    #13 1 year ago

    I remember being 13...

    That's all I can say about that hahaha

    Pinside is fine.

    #14 1 year ago

    Pinside is rather tame compared to the rest of the web...

    #15 1 year ago

    If he's old enough to ask. He's old enough to have his own Pinside account.

    Internet moderation is still up to you.

    LTG : )

    #16 1 year ago

    I was looking at a lot worse stuff online at 13 LOL. He'll be absolutely fine!

    #17 1 year ago

    By 13 I had found my dad's old playboy magazines. I wouldn't worry about pinside compared to the other places he may find on the net. It your job as a parent is to prepare your kid to become an adult, then this is a good stepping stone. Just moderate it best you can. You can always follow him and watch his posts.

    #18 1 year ago

    We need the next generations to take over for us. I quit often let my ten year old read the restoration threads and we go over the different pin club threads for games we own or would like too someday.

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    We need the next generations to take over for us.

    Novel idea.

    Perhaps pinball machines should be looking like something they are interested in instead of what their grandparents are into.

    #20 1 year ago

    Give him a little guidance, tell him to watch out for the likes of o-din, and to always knock before he barges into his own house if Vid is visiting. As long as he remembers that, he'll be fine.

    #21 1 year ago

    I’m leaning towards letting him do it. The thing is, his older brother whom is 15, I would have no issues letting sign up. But he’s more into computer and Xbox games rather than pins. So my line is prob around 14-15, but Ethan is a mature 13. He bikes all over town to go to game shops. I will suggest better to be seen than heard for awhile. For me, I think if the worst thing he looks up on the internet is pinball stuff, I’m doing ok as a parent. Unfortunately, I’m sure kids at his school are on porn sites already. So I’ll keep checking in on him, and talk to him about what he’s discovering. The poll on here is surprisingly close.

    #22 1 year ago

    The only difference being a member vs. being a non member is access to the basement and being able to make up to 100 posts a day.

    Sometimes I wonder what I signed up for.

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Sometimes I wonder what I signed up for.

    It’s the answer to her question

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    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from Eric_S:

    He should be fine. There a lot worse things he could find on the internet.

    Replace the word “could “ with the word “has” and you’d be correct. Pinside is a decent site , lots of good info here just ignore the bs .

    #25 1 year ago

    He is 13 and you are worried about him signing up for a forum account? He probably has a Pornhub account LOL!

    #26 1 year ago

    At 12 or 13, in spite of me introducing my son to cfh (at the predecessor to Tilt Town) after bringing him to several ExPO's and playing & repairing pins, he's turned out greta.

    His employer will have him at G2E next week from Reno.

    #27 1 year ago

    At 10 years old I would watch the 16 year old chain smokers telling stories and playing Sea Ray, waiting for them to finish up and hope they leave me some games.

    This is about as close as you are going to get to that.

    #28 1 year ago

    I made my Pinside account when I was 16, but had been using forums online since I was 8. By age 13 I was foruming regularly and it was one of my favorite pass times, learned a lot and made some good friends from engaging in online communities!

    I think your son could have a great time on Pinside.

    #29 1 year ago

    As long as you explain to him that we are idiot's, he will be fine.

    #30 1 year ago

    Keep in mind that mama Kulek proclaims that this is an "adult website"....

    #31 1 year ago

    I created an account for him, Kakashi2006. It’s some sort of Japanese cartoon character thing he’s been identifying with lately. Hopefully by including his birth yr people will recognize he is a minor and to exercise restraint. Anyway I’ll keep him under my wing for a couple yrs, and monitor his activities, and we’ll see if this works out. I’d like to present him with his first pinside badge at expo, so I won’t tell him about his account until then.

    #32 1 year ago

    I don't feel language or more complex concepts would be an issue for him to process, but generational gaps and the nuance in interpreting those gaps aren't possibly conducive to a younger, more innocent mind.

    Naivety and the ignorance it brings is the most valuable gift we have in life. I always felt content letting the world of adults remain where they were, and drifting into that world, years, years later than 13.

    Ultimately it's his will, and your choice that will guide that decision, but the framing and exposure of a young mind to a world of older people's dilemmas, personal issues, life experience and scars they bring with them, belief systems, etc, will not be within your control or his, to some extent.

    Good luck to ya both!

    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    How young is too young?

    Now there's a thread title that could have gone in a completely different direction.
    For a minute I thought some Pinsider was going to be on To Catch a Predator.

    #34 1 year ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    I’d like peoples opinion on the minimum age to have a pinside acct. my youngest, who is thirteen, asked if he could have an account. He is a huge 80’s nerd, and loves pins and arcades, jolt cola, 80’s music, etc. he helps me work on my machines, and goes to pick up new ones with me. He’s gone to MGC and expo for many years now, and wants to goto Vegas to the pinball hall of fame. He’s even been in a Todd Tuckey episode. I know many of the conversations here would go over his head, but it might benefit him to read through the tech pages and learn more. Some day, most of my machines will be his. Thoughts?[quoted image]

    Haven't you heard? None of us here on Pinside ever grew up. We are all 13.

    #35 1 year ago
    Quoted from littlecammi:

    Now there's a thread title that could have gone in a completely different direction.

    Yep, first thought that came to mind was 14 will get you 20.

    #36 1 year ago

    Whatever you do, don’t be a

    Helicopter parent,
    a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.
    "some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by helicopter parents and lacking in resilience"

    Or worse a
    Bulldozer parent,
    Lawnmower parents (also known as snowplow or bulldozer parents) are easily willing to drop everything to fulfill their child's wants and demands no matter how small. These parents often have good intentions and are motivated by not wanting their children to experience struggle.

    Let him have some experience to build resilience

    2 months later
    #37 9 months ago

    I wish the internet and this site had been around when I was 13. Might have kept me out of a lot of trouble.

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