This is a discussion on Poker's affect on children? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Several players play at home. Many times children watch the games out of curiosity. What effects could they have on the child's behavior?
My son watched me play for a few months when he was 12. He asked if he could play some hands...within a few weeks, he was going deep in freeroll tournaments and won a Full Tilt 360 player freeroll tournament, winning a ticket into a $1000 tournament. He joined Cardschat, then I took over when he got bored with poker and he started playing Magic the Gathering.
It is difficult to answer. I think that the most important thing for children is that parents love and respect each other and love their children. It is difficult to answer what the consequences may be from watching TV, or surfing the Internet, or from computer games. I think the consequences for everyone will be different.