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In your opinion, what is the appropriate age for a kid to start using Xbox Live?

#1Apl_JPosted 7/26/2013 10:07:01 AM
80/80

When I moved out of my parents place last year, I obviously took my xbox with me, much to the chagrin of my younger brothers aged 16, 10, and 7. The older two scraped enough birthday cash together to buy their own. The 16 year old doesn't play much online games; he's a busy kid and plays single player usually as it is. The 10 year old, however, is into titles with heavy online components. He enjoys straightforward, action-y titles like CoD, Super Mario, Minecraft, etc: pretty much anything that doesn't require much reading. Now, he's interested in going online and, as an XBL member since the 360 released, I have my reservations with the online community.

Now, before I make any decisions, I obviously won't have him mic up and talk to random strangers. He's 10 after all, and anonymity really brings out the ass in everyone, especially to younger players. The parents defer to my decision when it comes to the vidya gaemz and what the kids should/shouldn't play, and I don't know what to tell them.

So my question is this: If your 10 year old brother wanted to play on XBL, would you let him? Some of his friends (real life friends) apparently play together sometimes, but I know he'll end up playing public games too. I've never really had cause to use parental controls, so I don't know how much control I have over him online profile. Can anyone help me out with this?
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#2Killah PriestPosted 7/26/2013 10:14:36 AM
Without a mic and muting any chat so it doesn't play through the speakers I'd let them play games within their age range.
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#3DarkSymbiotePosted 7/26/2013 10:15:40 AM
25.
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#4grimmdaddyPosted 7/26/2013 10:16:03 AM
I'd say the average age is four
#5este914Posted 7/26/2013 10:17:20 AM
Maybe 16~ or so
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#6pothocketPosted 7/26/2013 10:21:12 AM
I'm not sure exactly how the parental controls work but, if you can, I'd set them so that he can't add people to his friend's list on his own and he can't communicate with anyone not on his friend's list.
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#7SunDevil77Posted 7/26/2013 10:25:42 AM
If you mute other players, anytime. I'd sooner let them chat with Xbox Live people than Most PC games and PSN, though.
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#8SoincMetalPosted 7/26/2013 10:27:12 AM
It depends on how mature they act over the anonymous internet already.
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#9Apl_J(Topic Creator)Posted 7/26/2013 10:42:03 AM
Looks like there's a pretty wide range of opinions on the subject. I guess I'll have to fiddle with the Parental controls when I get home from work. Thanks guys!
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#10theshovellerPosted 7/26/2013 10:47:37 AM
Never. Let them remain precious, precious children.

Unless they're already telling you off. In that case, give them a mic and tell them to go to town.
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