DD (4.5) has games on DH's iPad, but she treats them like she does any other toy / activity - a bit of a play here and there before moving onto the next. She's never shown signs of becoming 'addicted' to it so we've never regulated it. She hasn't touched it for weeks come to think of it! But all the games she plays are very interactive, I don't see any negatives to come from it yet
I find my kids turn in to zombies whether it's tv or computer time. Even as toddlers they'd become transfixed to a tv show and not move while it's on. Then their behaviour would be awful for the whole rest of the day (not wanting to watch more tv...just general bad behaviour). I also found if we watched a show after 5pm bed time became a nightmare and they slept terribly. It's always made me really conscious of their screen time and we never just have the tv on etc.
Thanks for sharing. At the moment DS (he is almost 5 yrs old) asks for it multiple times a day so I have a chart on the fridge so we tick when he uses it. He is allowed two ticks on kinder days (a little bit before kinder and after) and 3 ticks on non-kinder days (Morning, after lunch and just before dinner). I set the timer for 30-45min each time and when the time is up, he has to get off. So it works out to be 60min - 2hr 15min screen time over the day...is that ok? He doesn't watch TV (it is on, but he will build Lego or play with kenetic sand while it's on in the background).Also he doesn't just play games on the iPad, usually he uses it like a TV (he will watch clips on youtube, like minecraft or magic tricks...random stuff that I monitor). So I guess it is the modern day version of the TV!!
Last edited by 2BlueBirds; 26-11-2016 at 14:39.
DS aged 7 only gets the iPad on a Saturday. He knows not to ask for it on other days now. Occasionally if we have a long drive to an appointment I'll let him bring it in the car.
No rules here.
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