What does the research really say? Good? Bad? I have been searching for actual research and about to come to the conclusion there is none. So in the absence of real studies do you lump them in with television and other forms of screen time? If anyone has read any studies can you let me know. Thanks a bunch!
Fun loving crunchy mommy to an amazing outgoing adventurous boy named Logan Cloud 2/2/07 and our little ball of energy Jayden Edge 11/28/10 and wife to Jet 7/3/05 expecting our third 09/21/14
i lump them all together.
for kids under 5 they need a variety of inputs. technology is v. addictive. so i would restrict over use of them, as much as i would restrict overuse of reading.
i kinda dont buy into research these days. except some of course - the obvious. the real research never gets out anyways. there is bad research. just coz they are printed in peer review doesnt mean they are right. its just a thought. esp. in this case. i as the parent decide what to do.
with my dd i worked on computers. so obviously i felt it wrong keeping them away from her. if mama could be on the computer why not dd.
for me i have found if dd has a bunch of activity planned by me, her need to even be on any technology is not addictive. even at 10.
I consider it all screen time too, and try to limit it. Although we are being asked to do 1/2 hour of math on the web these days so I have to call that homework rather than screen time. I think it's really kid specific. My DD is 9 and she can take it or leave it, but many of her friends are fairly addicted.
I don't know of any research, either. I don't limit my kids too much, but don't find that I need to. They are outside more often than not. And will occassionally go through spurts of videogaming (usually when they get a new game) until they tire of it. They each have an e-reader, which I don't limit. They use them sporadically. Generally on long car rides.
My daughter came up with the idea of doing chores to "earn" screen time, so we did that for awhile. But with how little they're actually on the computers/etc, I didn't find it necessary.
Sorry I'm not more help! =) Curious about this, myself.
Hey there -- I write a bit about technology and family so this is something that's been on my mind a lot. AFAIK, there aren't any studies about the long term effects of prolonged touchscreen exposure with young children. Considering that the technology has only relatively recently (within the last 5 years) become so widespread, that's not surprising.
Screen time for children is such a divisive topic. For every parent who swears they won't let their child watch television until they're 25 (extra points if said parent owns an iPad that they use after child has gone to sleep), there's another parent who gives their baby their own iPad; I think both are equally crazy.Touchscreens definitely should count as screen time but I'm of the opinion that touchscreen time isn't necessarily the same as television screentime. Television screentime is fairly passive; you turn on the TV and you watch the screen. Conversely, touchscreen time is arguably more active, as the child can interact with the screen, like while playing a game or is otherwise active, like when using the device as an e-reader.
I have a four year old who has her "own" Kindle which we use as an TV device as well as a more "active" device, such as when she's playing learning games. I limit her watching time but allow her to have more time so long as she's using a more active application, such as a learning game. I also take an active role while she's using the tablet. Learning games are generally done with her next to me with me supporting the process.
Michelle -- geeky homeschooling mama