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September 16, 2013



Recently read how humans adapt their eyesight to how they use it. So if one uses the devices a lot or even reads a lot, it is most likely eye glasses will be needed soon.
Since we are trying to avoid glasses for our daughter, I limit time on the computer and say let's get outside.
That reminds me, I need to buy carrots today!


I have an 11 y/o boy who loves his iPhone,
MAC, iPad. I'm sure he uses them too much, especially
When he sneaks and stays up late at night using the gadgets.
However I am constantly amazed at his skill and creativity.
He doesn't play outside like we did as kids, but he is playing
Football and taking guitar lessons...


We try to limit all screen time to two hours a day for our seven and nine year olds. It is a privilege in our house and the most effective discipline technique in my play book. Loosing screen time is a major motivator to get homework done etc.


All I have to say is keep a eye on your child cause their is evil on computers we want to keep our children safe !


We allocate a daily amount of time for all electronics. The kids learn math and how to manage time by deciding how much time to allocate to each device... iPad, TV, texting, Wii, phone, etc. One night a week, we go completely 'un-plugged,' even ELECTRICITY! We have a 'camp-style' dinner and old-school card/board games by candlelight. It's not only fun, but certainly charges the 'gratitude factor' for all things 'electronic.'


You've really hit the crucial point with the conflict between wanting them to be able to entertain themselves outside or quietly with books and toys, yet not wanting them to fall behind their peers in capability with technology. I have a toddler and get her outside every day, so it seems normal as she grows. I think they will do what they see us do. Time spent outside quiets the mind and helps you focus, not to mention the physical benefits. I think we all just have to do our best from day to day, and evaluate things as we go. Because the technology is here to stay, and will weave itself more and more into our lives. And that's ok, as long as we don't lose the ability to unplug. So long as we don't replace face to face communication with electronic. That's my big fear - I think people actually feel connected when they tweet, or read tweets or FB posts. Nothing could be less true. Our kids are not going to build basic relationship skills through any technology. That's my main worry as a mom.


As of now we have a Screen time buying method. Ready 5 books and get 1 hr of screen time. Helping a lot. Now my kid is showing more interest in reading and I am waiting for the day he will keep reading book and forget the video games.
He is a very good player and plays most of the sports.

Tim H

Think of tech devices as if they were books. iPads are a different form of a book. You learn from them. Everyone learns differently. Some learn by reading. Other need hands-on practice (trial and error). And others need to be instructed or verbally told what they need to learn. The iPad has the ability to do all of these things. The key is to make sure the iPad is not being used for just one thing (ie games or movies). The iPad is a book. The Internet is a giant book (with pictures and video and activities to practice). So parents should focus on limiting how much their kids spend reading books and make sure the books are different ways for them to learn. You can never get exercise by reading a book or iPad. But a book or iPad App about exercise may help kids to want to exercise (everyone is different and motivated by different thing). There is no one right way to use an iPad or books. But there are many wrong ways to use them both.


I attend a lot of social events. I've seen way too many times where people introduce their friends to their teens. While face-to-face with their parent's friends, who by now has offered their hand in front of them ready to shake hands, the teens tell their parents off by saying stuff like "Hang on...let me finishe this text." without much of a glance upward toward people's faces. I've seen this anti-social behavior way too many times at weddings and other social events. When I volunteer in classrooms, I've also discovered that the students with the poorest attention span has the most screen time in general. Plus, too many articles are out where kids are developing ADD and OCD as a result of too much screen time. In fact, I just heard on the radio the other day that surfing the internet too much results in having a 7 second attention span. That is the attention span of a goldfish. I would say that we need to set limits. Moderation is the key.


Kids nowadays could easily adopt to modern technology where their interest are somewhat magnetized. Indeed, it's a good preparation for their future but we should remember balancing their lifestyle too. Nice post!

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