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    No ipads here. TV yes. We watch alot of sport together plys they like abc kids and shows like Amazing Pools type shows on foxtel. My brother has given them his old playstation which they play from time to time. I only allow rated G games and they car a car racing game and motorbike game. Sometimes we have lots of tv time other days its none at all. Aged 10 8 and 4.

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    iPads have saved my sanity. DD used to scream and kick and bite - basically fight tooth and nail to avoid getting in the car. It was hell for both of us. And then she'd scream the whole time in the car. I attached an iPad to the back headrest and now play kids shows while we are in the car. Problem solved like magic, she loves the car now and willingly gets in her seat. It's been life changing. All hail the iPad!!!

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    Yes!! My son got one on his second birthday. He loves it, I love it, he self regulates time on it so it's positive all round. Santa is bringing him a new one for Christmas.

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    Yes my 5 and 8 year olds have ipads but their time is limited to no more than 2 hours per day and they have ipad free days. I monitor what they are playing/watching and they have educational aps on them too. They also don't take their ipads out to dinner, appointments etc. We have taught the boys to be able to go out and be without them and be able to behave and socialise. We are quite strict with them really, dh absolutely detests them. We go on holidays soon for 3 weeks which will include a 2 hour drive then a 2.5hr plane flight to and from. The ipads will stay at home 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    No I believe in books and old fashion learning.

    While there is some 'evidence' in learning apps kids are falling behind with pencil grip etc and also it's bad for kids eyes etc
    Its all about balance.
    Kids can still have books and pens and paper as well as 30min a day for example On technology.
    Just like having a healthy diet with an ice cream treat sometimes.

    Everything in moderation is not going to destroy a child

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    Yes. Dd1 8yrs and Dd2 3yrs both jave an ipad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Poppy View Post
    Its all about balance.
    Kids can still have books and pens and paper as well as 30min a day for example On technology.
    Just like having a healthy diet with an ice cream treat sometimes.

    Everything in moderation is not going to destroy a child
    Not only that but I think it's essential that kids learn how to use iPads, computers etc. It's just as important as using pens and paper.

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    DD1 has one as she uses it for her educational apps that they use at school. Plus she loves minecraft and I'm cool with her playing that.

    DD2 uses mine from time to time, she's struggling with counting and abc's so I'm trying to find more fun ways to get her interested.

    I won't lie, I use mine to sometimes keep DD2 quiet too when I need to get work done at home and she's in a crap mood.

    But we also have iPad free days and when anyone has attitude they're taken away for a period of time. I'm all about balance. We spend a lot of time outside doing activities, heaps of time reading and doing art activities, so to me the iPad doesn't hurt.

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    Yes my 3.5 year old has an iPad. He's quite drawn to screens so we limit it, he mainly watches YouTube kids videos of kids putting together Lego and train tracks. I'm comfortable with that as he spends a lot of time outdoors and is also very fond of drawing and building things. He's a very busy kid and it's really the only time he's still, so it's kind of like downtime for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    I'm curious if those who are against ipads are also against any TV time in their house? Just wondering if we see one screen as superior to another/ one is OK in moderation, & the other is not ok, just because one is a newer technology - or another reason? To me personally, screen time is screen time, but I know a lot of people who wont allow ipads but do allow TV access.
    Screen time is screen time but as the only things the kids are allowed to do on their laptop or my tablet is homework, educational/school sanctioned type things (eg DS has a digital microscope and they both have digital cameras). The only channels they are allowed to watch are ABC2 or ABC3 (and ABC3 is only recent) or what I have put on a flash stick for them to watch. I guess my point is that laptop/tablet time is usually more educational (especially if it's homework) whereas TV is more relaxing and chilling out. We don't have hard and fast rules about screen time but they are not allowed to turn the TV on or go on the laptop without permission.


 

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