questionswill a 19 inch hdtv be big enough for my son to…

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The main question is how far away will he be? If he is close like a computer monitor, it is OK, but remember, the bigger the better. Size Does count in monitors, memory, and a few other things!

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General rule I found referenced is viewing distance should be between 1.5 to 2.5 times the screen size. So if he's going to be more than 4 feet away from the screen, 19" is too small.

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The real question is why would you let a young boy have a TV in his room? He'll be distracted when young. As he gets oldre he will figure out how to bring home videos that he shouldn't be watching...

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The short answer is "Yes". He will be able to play, but it won't be so great that he would be the envy of the neighborhood.

None of my business, but I agree that TVs should be a den/family room sort of thing. You can buy one big one and then it becomes easy to keep tabs on the content that comes across the screen. If you need one for the kid while you're watching the game, you can still drop a smaller screen in the den as a side-gig.

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I've always been a 'no-tv-in-kid's-room' guy, but this year I built my 5 year old a PC and got him a 19" HDTV for a monitor. I set the parental controls on it to lock out all but "G" rated stuff. The PC uses a USB WiFi Dongle for Internet access, which I keep in my room unless I can monitor him. We don't have cable, the only channels he can watch are PBS and Smile of a Child, both of which I monitor. He reads a full year ahead of his grade level, thanks to only letting him watch PBS Kids shows and a bedtime story every night. TV can be a great thing, used properly.

Point being, without knowing her plans for the HDTV, I wouldn't jump in her business about putting a TV in his kid's room. For all we know, she could have it connected to a receiver in her bedroom so she can control what's on. I do agree that unrestricted access to a TV, whether in the bedroom or not, is a horrible idea. But that wasn't her question.

19" should be fine, unless he wants to play from across the room.

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Her son could be 18 for all anyone knows...so just answer the question and don't give parental advice where it is not warranted.

19" is too small for video games...I use a 22" and even 3 ft away from the screen, my eyes are strained. I would say go for 22"+ monitor...not HDTV. Monitors at that size are cheaper (although you might need speakers depending on the monitor) unless you wan him to have the ability to watch TV. Find a monitor with HDMI too.

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Basically like the first person was saying, it all depends how far away he is. I used to game on a 15 inch tv, granted it wasn't the greatest experiance but I sat close and it got the job done. You can usually find a deal for a 26" or 32" LCD for 300, either here on woot, or slickdeals.net or maybe midnightbox.com if you are looking only to spend a couple hundred bucks on a TV then, deal searching is always something I recommend.

So having done gaming on a 15" tv, I can say yes, you can do that, and if your kid isn't buy his own TV then really, what ever size you get him be it 19" or 32" they should be happy that you are willing to do that. hope this helped.

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Your son shouldn't have a TV and game system in his room, it's too isolating. It isn't good for him or the family.

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No! If you are truly a good parent, get him a 70 inch plasma. Otherwise, the other kids will call him names and won't want to play any kid games.

WTF..... Place the game system in the family room and have him earn time to play games. That way you can monitor him and he won't be doing anything he shouldn't be doing. My mother watched me like a hawk growing up and was strict. Kids needs structure and discipline. They must learn young to earn rewards, otherwise your going to have problems.

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Honestly I have had a 19 26 and 32 inch Television and I would say if he is close to it go with 26 if he is sitting far away go with 32.