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#1 of 2 Old 04-10-2009, 12:12 PM - Thread Starter
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We haven't had a TV in years. The children watch it sometimes at relatives houses, but it has never been a priority for them. We do go to the movie theater sometimes, and used to have a occasional "movie night" at home on the computer.

All of the sudden my girls are obsessed with watching Pokemon movies on the computer, and playing computer games. It only became an option a 2 months ago when we purchased a 2nd computer and put it up in the attic. Before that there was one laptop we all shared (DH left his at work) and it was usually in a drawer. I thought the novelty of the new computer would wear off. I thought the novelty of pokemon would wear off. It just seems to be getting worse. They currently watch about 2 hours each day while DS is napping.
My feeling is that it is NOT going to resolve in its own. Any thoughts?

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In your situation I would probably limit computer time. Say, one or two hour-long "turns" per day. Make playing computer a special event, not an ongoing activity.
As a kid I played a decent amount of computer (we didn't really get TV either) but it was somewhat self limiting as there were 3 of us and only one computer. We would get hour-long turns which we policed each other on as we all wanted a turn. My parents would go through phases of letting us have more or less turns.
Currently my youngest brother (10) gets 1 or 2 hours a day (he is the only kid left at home so my mom has to enforce this). It seems to work fairly well. My mom also encourages my little brother to notice the physical signs in his body that he's been on the computer for too a long (like getting spaced out, cramped, grumpy). He reads and plays outside a lot more than he would if he got to decide how long he got to play computer each day

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