Are nerf guns durable

9 Ways Parents Get Right On
react to the phenomenon Nerf

The Nerf Gun is a colorful toy gun from the US toy manufacturer Hasbro. For a few years now, it has also conquered Austria's children's room. The foam ammunition on the Nerf is soft and, when used properly, does not hurt. Nevertheless, the toy gives many parents a headache. An attempt at enlightenment.

1. What exactly are Nerf Guns?

Nerfs are made of colored hard plastic and can fire reusable projectiles using air pressure - up to 27 meters wide and with up to three rounds per second. The sporty toy guns are based on real models. They are called Delta Trooper *, N-Strike Modulus * or Elite Surgefire *. They are very targeted and are aimed at boys and girls between the ages of eight and twelve.

2. What does the name Nerf mean?

The name "Nerf" is a backronym to describe the material: "Non-Expanding Recreational Foam" (in German: dimensionally stable toy foam).

3. How do parents feel about Nerf guns?

In Internet forums, parents are lively discussing the "pros and cons of Nerf weapons". Clearly recognizable is the general uncertainty of many parents when dealing with the Nerf phenomenon, which calls into question not only educational, but also their moral principles. A "war toy" in the nursery is an absolute no-go for many.

4. What types of parents are there?

There are three types of parents: The supporters ("It's just a toy - we also played robbers and gendarmes"), the rejecters ("A Nerf will certainly not come into our house!") And the ones who let their child decide ("We won't buy you a Nerf because we don't like the game. But you can buy one with your pocket money").

5. How dangerous is "playing war"?

As different as the approaches of the parents may be - the question is: does playing with toy weapons encourage violence among children? The psychologist Dr. Christian Gutschi denies - under two conditions: First, that they are children of kindergarten age, and second, that it remains pure play, for which the parents would be responsible. "With children of primary school age, however, weapons can be an amplifier of a lack of emotional or verbal expression."

According to the expert, this phenomenon is mainly found in boys. "It becomes problematic when there are no alternatives." In addition, the expert points out that boys in particular with the game of arms fulfill social role models of male courage, willingness to take risks and exercise of power. "If parents let their little ones play with weapons without reflecting on them and also reinforce this through their posture, it certainly promotes the typical cliché
Images of masculinity. "

6. Why do parents have such a hard time with the Nerf hype?

Children use Nerf weapons because the influence of their parents' house is no longer the only "role model" these days. The influence of the peer group, the media as well as kindergarten and school takes up more space. It is all the more important that parents talk to their child about the topic, present arguments and make their position clear. That they ask the child why the interest in the hype arose, listen and in some cases let the child do something that is not the parents' will.

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7. What is the point of a ban?

Prohibitions often only lead to the child wanting to possess the object of desire all the more. Parents would do well to explain to their children why certain things are allowed and others are not. Arguments instead of bans ... that brings us to points 8 and 9.

8. What can parents do?

One possibility would be to set up clear rules for the game: For example, the use of the toy firearm is turned into a sporty skill exercise, in which one has to aim at a target attached to the room door or a tree trunk. A positive side effect of Nerf guns (as parents confirm on the forums) is that the game is enjoyed outside.

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9. Parents need to keep talking to children

From an educational perspective, it is recommended to keep talking to the children and discuss the pros and cons with them. In this way, the children acquire attitudes that offer orientation and can be used when making decisions about play and purchase. The power struggle between parents and child will also be less severe if the child can understand the parents' motives for rejecting nerfs.

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