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    I can't even afford to buy an iPad for myself, let alone give one to my kids. It seems kind of crazy to me, you can get a laptop cheaper than an iPad! We did get them one of the cheap knockoff tablets for them to share, they mostly just like to watch funny uTube videos on it or play games. My 16 year old just got an iPhone 4 only because he was due for an upgrade so we were able to get it free, up until now he just had a regular phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I just can't imagine being able to give iPads out as gifts to your kids. They're $500!

    I heard a lot of justification like "I'm tired of them playing with mine/with my Iphone!". This is easy for me, I don't have an Ipad and I don't have a single game on my iPhone/can't imagine letting my kids play with it/tough it, so this whole justification is a little unimaginable to me

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    I do let my kids play with my smartphone (I'm an android user, not an iphone user). They are pretty careful with it and the time is limited.

    But like I said, I worry about screen time as a whole so when they say "Can i play with your phone?" the answer is frequently a 'no' of some sort.

    When its their own item? Its going to be even more frustrating to monitor screen time!

    I really can't decide what the best solution to the screen-time issue is. By strictly monitoring it, are they going to go hog wild and become totally addicted when they do get full control? Or would they be worse off being over exposed during their childhood. I tend to gravitate towards the latter.

    Seamus was raised in a minimalist screen time household, and I was raised in a free-for-all household. I have way more trouble disciplining myself with this stuff than he does.

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    Yep, I hear you. We are getting our basement refinished right now and part of it is a larger playroom for the kids ~ its going to include some sort of video gaming system thing ~ knowing that that is coming in a few months when the project is done makes it easier for me to say "no" to handhelds . At almost 6 I'm just not worried about saying no. My kindy student gets computer time at school and they have "gametime" with video games one morning a week at our gym for 45 minutes......the learning curve is ridiculously fast.....so at this time I don't feel pressure to buy into the "educational" aspect or whatnot. I tend to believe nothing good comes of the kids I see who can't sit through a meal at a restaurant without some sort of device in their hand (and many of my friends kids are this way, unfortunately) so I know which side I'd rather err on, at this juncture of their childhood.

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    We have an Ipad and mostly the kids use it when they have done everything they're supposed to do. We are not anti technology for kids. We have a special cover to protect it from getting broken. We don't allow most games.
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    The iPad buys me extra sleep time on weekends. My 5-year-old wakes up very early on weekends and now I can give her the iPad, she pulls up a Disney Jr. show, watches, and when I get up I take it back and she sits and has breakfast and gets on with her day. I only wish I'd had such a thing when Nathaniel was that age and used to get up at FIVE A.M. It was brutal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Yep, I hear you. We are getting our basement refinished right now and part of it is a larger playroom for the kids ~ its going to include some sort of video gaming system thing ~ knowing that that is coming in a few months when the project is done makes it easier for me to say "no" to handhelds . At almost 6 I'm just not worried about saying no. My kindy student gets computer time at school and they have "gametime" with video games one morning a week at our gym for 45 minutes......the learning curve is ridiculously fast.....so at this time I don't feel pressure to buy into the "educational" aspect or whatnot. I tend to believe nothing good comes of the kids I see who can't sit through a meal at a restaurant without some sort of device in their hand (and many of my friends kids are this way, unfortunately) so I know which side I'd rather err on, at this juncture of their childhood.
    I agree with this. DH sometimes lets T play on his phone when they are waiting somewhere (like, if they have to wait at the drs office) and now T asks to play with our phones at random times like at a restaurant or while in the car. This is a big pet peeve of mine; I kind of feel like being "out" is entertainment enough, and that it's a disservice to kids to get them hooked on playing games or watching TV when they could be learning how to act and enjoy being out for a special meal. But to me, that's easy enough to take care of, I just say no.

    I'm trying to find the right balance, because I do feel like the reality of the world we live in is that technology is every where, and I don't think that technology is evil or anything. But I also feel like too much screen time (be that TV or video games) can definitely be a detriment to enjoying things that I think are more important, like what I call "real play" (with toys that don't play for you, so you have to use your imagination) or looking at books or just talking and connecting with people. So I haven't banned technology all together. Like I said, T has a LeapPad that he gets to use for up to a half an hour a day if he likes, or sometimes he and DH play Mario together on the Wii (which is actually kind of hilarious), but I just don't want it to get out of control, like that's all he wants to do. I would rather him spend the majority of his free time making his own fun; I think there is a huge value in having the ability to entertain yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    but I just don't want it to get out of control, like that's all he wants to do. I would rather him spend the majority of his free time making his own fun; I think there is a huge value in having the ability to entertain yourself.
    This is the thing that gets to me. Like Aodhan, the minute he feels bored, he wants to turn to video games, or computer or using my cell phone. I am saying no to him constantly and its exhausting. You would think he would have learned by now that I have said no, and we have talked about how too much screen time is not good for you but he continues to ask constantly anyway. At the beginning of this school year i set a rule of no video games during the school week. Yet he still asks..and i still say no.

    Thats why i worry that once he's old enough where i can't really micromanage like that...he'll just go nuts, or I'll be constantly chasing after him to turn off the games.


    ETA: Not all my kids do this...its mainly Aodhan. And I'm not saying its a boy thing...thats just the way it happened in my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    This is the thing that gets to me. Like Aodhan, the minute he feels bored, he wants to turn to video games, or computer or using my cell phone. I am saying no to him constantly and its exhausting. You would think he would have learned by now that I have said no, and we have talked about how too much screen time is not good for you but he continues to ask constantly anyway. At the beginning of this schools year i set a rule of no video games during the school week. Yet he still asks..and i still say no.

    Thats why i worry that once he's old enough where i can't really micromanage like that...he'll just go nuts, or I'll be constantly chasing after him to turn off the games.


    ETA: Not all my kids do this...its mainly Aodhan. And I'm not saying its a boy thing...thats just the way it happened in my family.
    My oldest can be this way about wanting to watch a movie. She does not seem to understand that no matter how much she askes, I am only going to say yes to about one an evening. I am ok with them using the Kindle for math games, but that is not something they are willing to do for more than 15 minutes.

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    OMG, I just literally blogged about this today!
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