ETA: Please don't take this as a judgey thread! I am genuinely curious about how different families do their schooling and what has worked for people.
I'm not really interested in the unschooling route but I have been browsing this forum for a while just for pure interest. One thing I notice is the recurring theme that parents are worried or whatever about their children getting too much screen time. Has anyone tried allowing the kids to choose their own activities but not allowing them to do the computer game, video game, TV thing?
I am the wife of a computer gaming addict. When he is deprived of his game he goes through heavy withdrawal, but in the end he gets creative. He does art projects, he gets out in nature, he does things around the house, etc. The boredom motivates him to do things. But when the games are there, he just kind of gets stuck. (I also get stuck in front of the Internet sometimes.) You could argue that he is interacting with others online or "learning" math or strategies or whatever... but it's still "just" non-stop gaming. When you have a screen you typically don't get to the "bored" part - there's always something new to discover.
Of course, the Internet also HELPS people learn, too. Yesterday I was reading a chapter in Stuart Little to my kids and during the course of it we paused a few times to look up Youtube vids about how a piano works and what Ping Pong is. We're constantly looking things up online and learning. We learn about everything from traditional dances to how different animals camoflauge themselves and all that. But at the same time I am also wary of how media can suck you in, and I wouldn't want that to siphon away my kids' time during childhood.
Is it possible to unschool while seriously limiting or putting boundaries on the media factor? To provide them with other learning opportunities (books, crafts, the outdoors, etc.) or are screens essential?