How to set up a safe VR room for kids

The era of television used in the TV room. The pandemic caused more of us to set up home offices. And today, for many families, there’s a new room in the house: the virtual reality (or VR) room, where you can ski down a mountainside, walk on the moon, or even step into the shoes of history’s most storied events and characters .

Because VR experiences are designed to be powerful enough to fool the senses, it’s doubly important to set aside a safe VR space for kids to play in. I’ve seen kids trip over furniture and stumble over toys while riding 3D virtual rollercoasters. It pays to put in the time up-front on rec room VR planning.

As I often remind families, setting up a safe space for VR doesn’t just mean clearing out the clutter. It also means identifying a place in the house that’s situated away from appliances, decorations (including art on the wall) and possible foot traffic while leaving ample room for physical movement.

With a carefully selected VR headset for kids, you’re ready to get started. Here’s how parenting pros do it.

Step 1 − Choose a space where you’ll have room to maneuver, ideally a space that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic. Playrooms and finished basements often work well. It’s also important to make sure the area has a strong data connection.

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