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    We have tv at home and its used alot by all of us. We dont have ipad. Social situations ? No. Not for me. Quiet time on the lounge at home is different imo. My kids dream of trying things like Minecraft. Sometimes they luck in on a playdate if their friend has Minecraft. We struggled to go to restaurants for years, and i mean years, with young children. So we didn't go. Anyway, each to their own, whatever it takes. Its a personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I'm a bit confused by the double standards with kids and adults using screens (not directed at you specifically, just a general observation).

    If adult parents can use smart phones and the Internet to entertain themselves nowdays why can't kids? What is so wrong with a bit of technology in certain circumstances - as long as it (like everything else) is in moderation?
    I thought the same thing while reading this thread.

    I'm also going to put out there that I think the above situation isn't just a sign of technology. It's a sign of society expecting kids to be perfectly behaved so people give their kids ipads, worried they are being judged for having loud (read: normal) kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I dare your kids being older and not having any 'issues' is a key factor in being able to behave themselves without electronics when out?

    I'm a bit confused by the double standards with kids and adults using screens (not directed at you specifically, just a general observation).

    If adult parents can use smart phones and the Internet to entertain themselves nowdays why can't kids? What is so wrong with a bit of technology in certain circumstances - as long as it (like everything else) is in moderation?

    If a kid using an I-pad for an hour or so while adults are trying to have a relaxing time is detrimental to their learning how to behave/socialise, then why isn't it detrimental for their parent to spend a bunch of time on bub hub (surely that impedes real life social interaction too?). Why is one tut-tutted but not the other?

    If a kid needs to go screen free to teach them how to deal with boredom, then does the same rule apply to their parent? Do parents force themselves to just sit on the lounge for an hour a day with no TV it smart phone, so they can appreciate being bored?
    Personally I don't use my phone in social situations. I interact with my peers. Are you trying to draw a parallel between kids sitting in a group all playing on individual iPads and adults posting on bubhub while alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    Personally I don't use my phone in social situations. I interact with my peers. Are you trying to draw a parallel between kids sitting in a group all playing on individual iPads and adults posting on bubhub while alone?
    Me either. I don't sit on my phone when I'm out, in general my time on bubhub/facebook is limited. I go days/a week without getting on sometimes. I use my phone for banking and email and I don't play games at all. I have better things to do with my time.

    The 3 pubs we have in town are child friendly, if I wasn't comfortable taking my boys to a function there I wouldn't.
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    I must live in a Perth backwater bubble...no one I know with little kids takes out a tab/pad for entertainment purposes to a social event. The only time I've seen kids on a device, it's mum/dad's phone...and usually 2.5yo and under watching Peppa or something, not games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    Personally I don't use my phone in social situations. I interact with my peers. Are you trying to draw a parallel between kids sitting in a group all playing on individual iPads and adults posting on bubhub while alone?
    I am drawing a comparison.

    What if the adults use of social media was impacting their willingness to befriend people in real life?

    Why is it ok for parents to play on their i-phones when they are looking after their kid (playgrounds) but not ok for kids to play an I pad when they are forced to go to a boring adult function?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I am drawing a comparison.

    What if the adults use of social media was impacting their willingness to befriend people in real life?

    Why is it ok for parents to play on their i-phones when they are looking after their kid (playgrounds) but not ok for kids to play an I pad when they are forced to go to a boring adult function?
    I suppose I'm harking back to my original situation. Those kids were all friends, living near each other and growing up together. The equivalent is not a parent sitting in a playground with no friends there with them and looking at their phone. The equivalent is an adult sitting in a playground with a bunch of friends they'd known their whole life, sitting in a circle all playing on their iPads.

    I'd find that disturbing too.

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    Quick question...are we using the word "iPad" as a generic noun to include tablets, etc? We don't have an i-anything. I have a Samsung Android phone.

    My son is 6, and my daughter is 3. They don't yet have their own phone or tablet. They haven't asked for one yet. In my son's Prep class, they have about 6 shared iPads which they use in various learning activities. I was recently a parent-helper in Maths, and I had NO idea how to load the App I was supposed to!! No drama...the kids showed me

    I give my kids my phone to watch Peppa Pig etc if I am at Coles, or at my Surgeon's rooms, etc. Makes my life easier and calmer, and I'm all for that!

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    Meh, I don't mind ipads, there is a time or place. We had tablets given to us, and I don't allow the kids to sit on them around home, but we have used them at restaurants - my kids are usually in bed by 7pm. When we're invited out to a restaurant dinner, dining time is often... you guessed it... 7pm. My kids are always tired and grumpy at that time. Often crying by the time my dinner arrives If an Ipad for 20 minutes gives me the opportunity to eat in peace, and the adults around me not to be annoyed by feral kids, then I don't see a problem. Same as the dr's office, etc - I take all 3 kids to all of my appointments. If an ipad helps them to sit quietly and not bug me while I'm having a pap smear or something, go for it, kids. We engage in lots of meaningful activities in our lives. Nothing wrong with an ipad here or there. It's all about balance for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    I suppose I'm harking back to my original situation. Those kids were all friends, living near each other and growing up together. The equivalent is not a parent sitting in a playground with no friends there with them and looking at their phone. The equivalent is an adult sitting in a playground with a bunch of friends they'd known their whole life, sitting in a circle all playing on their iPads.

    I'd find that disturbing too.
    I don't think you're placing enough emphasis on the venue. The kids were in a room at a club, that's not a very play inducing environment. It's probably significantly more difficult for kids to play within the bounds of adult expectations in an adult function room than for an adult to self regulate their own behavior and boredom in a kids playground.

    You say the kids were friends however were they really ? What were their ages in comparison to your DS? How often did they play together?
    - what if there were other adults at the playground who you sort of knew but didn't see that often and didn't *really* like. Would you be obliged to put your smart phone away because there were 'friends' there you needed to talk to? Or, as an adult, do you make your own decisions and play with your phone doing 'business' after making an initial polite "hello, nice day isn't it" style comment?


 

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