pros and cons of playstation (for a layman)

from your perspective, can you write in laymen's terms what might be pros and cons of playstation4?

the parent is busy and less aware of latest IT usage trends. their child is 12 year old girl and they hear that it might be a good thing, but don't know much about it. (they don't have tv at home, just laptop).

if you list the pros and cons of playstation - unsupervised for a soon to be teen, what are the kinds of talks they should first have with their child, or what should they educate themselves or their child before giving them a sophisticated costly tool as that.

of course, from their perspective, if it is all innocent, they are ok for it.. by that what they mean is they don't want child to hear swear words or see violence, or learn latest (scanty) clothing styles from the video games.. the parents are only thinking (hoping) of 'educational' value that will help during summer break or weekends and so forth to aid more intellect and mental skill growth.

would appreciate your input from experience.
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Tj aCommented:

From your description it actually seems like a Playstation might not be the best console for your daughter. I would recommend getting a WiiU instead. The WiiU is more tailored towards families and younger gamers. You could argue that the PS4 also has games for younger gamers and you would be correct but it also is pretty easy to access more "violent" games on the PS4. Ultimately, it will come down to which games you get. Just pay attention to the age restrictions on games before you purchase them. You can also activate some parental controls on most consoles so you have control on the content being accessed.
25112Author Commented:
thank you- i will check into WiiU in best buy soon.

does WiiU have any aspect of con side.. (addictiveness etc) ?
what age group would you recommend for WiiU ? older teens too?
Tj aCommented:
Every gaming system is potentially addictive and the WiiU is no exception. Fortunately, you can use the parental control settings to monitor any such behavior or you can talk to the teenager using the console about moderation. While the WiiU is more family friendly, I don't think I can give a specific target age range. I have little cousins who play it and I have coworkers who play it. You can also get active games that promote moving and exercise as opposed to sitting down and just pressing buttons on a controller.

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25112Author Commented:
thanks Takunda,helpful
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