Originally Posted by gentlemango
Maybe I make it sound too intermittent. We live in rural new hampshire. This can go on for 4-5 months of snowy weather.
Let me put it this way. If my child was spending as much time as he spends on the computer, sitting in front of a television, I would feel uncomfortable.
Is anyone else in the same boat? Do you differentiate between computer screen and tv screen w/ regard to setting limits?
We do differentiate between TV and computer, but we also differentiate between what site/program they're using on the computer.
We were giving them each an hour turn, but that got unwieldy, so we made it 1/2 hours at a time. We set a timer, too. When the buzzer goes off ... that's it ... either hit "save" at that moment or expect Ima (me) to CTRL+ALT+DEL within moments. Take no prisoners.
The question is what they're doing on it. If they're just playing Chicken Invaders or some such, well, fuggedaboudit, no mercy. You're off at the buzzer.
But if they're doing something educational ... starfall.com, multiplication.com and the like, then the 1/2 hour is flexible.
If they're doing something vaguely not a waste of time yet not actually educational (clubpenguin or webkins) then at the buzzer they have to get off ... though I won't boot 'em out of it, I will stand behind them and kvetch till they get off. Which is usually momentarily. (Am a master-kvetcher.
It's different than TV. They do actually have to use their brains sometimes, with a 'puter.
I have to say, though, the fighting over the computer was just unbelievable till we started using the buzzer/timer. It was just constant and at a fever pitch. The timer has bought us some slight calm.
Oh, yeah, and we do have a rule that homework gets extra time. My 10yo does occasionally use it for homework.