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VeritasCari... asks:
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Are Ouija boards safe for little girls to use? What activities should my child be engaging in?

Have there been any studies done to suggest any negative psychological impact on people?  Hasbro had started marketing this product for little girls.  
In Topics: Cognitive development, Children and stress, Toy safety
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, I remember playing with a Ouija board at slumber parties when I was a girl. I recall being scared, but also excited and enthralled with the possibility that we were talking to spirits or ghosts through the game (we also played "Light as a Feather" and watched scary horror movies back then). I don't recall being traumatized or harmed by this experience, but am interested to hear how child psychologists and other developmental specialists will respond to your question.  

I'm now the mother of a second grader, and would not encourage my daughter to play this game until she is older. She's still afraid of the dark, particularly ghosts and monsters, and she occasionally has nightmares, so I think playing this game wouldn't be good for her right now.

Use your instincts with regard to your daughter, and talk to her pediatrician about your questions and concerns too. Depending on your religious tradition, you may also want to consult spiritual guides (your priest, preacher, imam, rabbi).

For general info, here are some related links I found online:

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija

Fox News story (covering the 'safe' debate, and Hasbro's response): http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,584998,00.html

GhostVillage.com article (with paranormal perspective on the game): http://www.ghostvillage.com/legends/2002/legends3_10052002.shtml

For alternative activities and games, peruse the collection on Education.com, searching by your daughter's grade or topical interests: http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/

I hope this is helpful to you. Thanks for asking!
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