How much technology (iPad, TV, etc.) do you allow for your 5-ish-yo?
I am a Single-Mom, with only one child, computer geek, so we have technology in the house. Yes. And I'm asking here BECAUSE I know this forum might have some very different opinions on technology usage... and I'm genuinely asking.
I allow my 5yr DS 30 minutes a day of iPad. He has a point system, activity = reward. And two points gets the iPad, and two of those points could be brushing teeth and taking a bath. So, pretty much every day he gets 30minutes of iPad time before bed, his choice whether it's games or Netflix.
But, we also watch movies together on the weekends. And certainly Saturday is a morning of Netlix or PBS Kids. Could be 4hrs of the TV on - and he's playing legos and doing other things, but it's on - while I'm cleaning and just being home. Plus his 30minutes of iPad time.
Oh, and iPad/iPhone in the car while running errands, or while he's sitting in the lobby while I'm getting my hair done. And we travel a lot, so the iPad/DVD is 90% his world in the car.
It starts to add up.
Netflix is Kids Only (even though their definition of Kids Appropriate is different than mine, so I prefer PBS Kids or Amazon prime, which is largely PBS shows); and iPad games are educational: puzzles, mazes, some character learning shows like Team Umizoomi RaceTrack.
And No Gaming units in the house (no XBox, Wii - although that could be Fun at some point, movement, yes? I'm uninformed about gaming sets).
I try to be cognizant that just because I'm glued to my laptop, he shouldn't be. I'm Trying to limit his electronic usage (and man, he does love to just throw balls in the backyard!, and we go to the lake/river every weekend). But I still wonder...
What do you do at home?
single, WAH mom, to my only very kind & sweet lil man
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