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BaconAndAvocado Sun 31-Mar-13 18:54:12

iPad, DS, computer, tv, Xbox......

A few questions for you all:

1. How much screen time do you allow,your DCs per day, school days and during hols?

2. How do you limit it? Use a timer, use screen time as a reward etc?

3. What, if any, benefits do you see screen time giving your DCs?

I have 2 DSs and 1 DD. DD age 4 very occasionally plays on the iPad, whereas boys much more inclined to try and glue themselves to any screen. Eldest DS is 15 so spends his screen time on the Xbox, younger DS age 6 prefers iPad.

With hols (and bad weather) looming I want screen time to represent a smaller part of their day, bit I also know how,hard it is to keep them entertained in other more interactive ways.

Tia.

girliefriend Sun 31-Mar-13 19:02:28

Hi I have a 7yo dd and do regulate how much screen time she has, she is allowed up to 2 hours of t.v a day which usually means about half an hour in the morning and a dvd in the afternoon. However there are some days when we are out and about when she watches no telly.

She doesn't go on the laptop at all but does have a leapfrog explorer thingy and is allowed on that for approx 30-45 mins a day, but again there are normally quite q few days of the week when she doesn't go on it all.

I would rather she was playing or doing something rather than watching a screen but all things in moderation and all that!

tumbletumble Sun 31-Mar-13 21:38:56

My DCs are 3, 5 and 7. We have a family TV, laptop and iPad.

I don't limit screen time explicitly. However I try to make sure they are kept busy with other activities. So in term time my 7 yo DS1 (who is happy to glue himself to the computer whenever he can) has school, a bit of homework and several after school / weekend activities (he does football, swimming, beavers, tennis) which doesn't leave him much time to waste in front of a screen. I don't usually let them go on the computer after about 6.30pm either. In the holidays we have a couple of days out planned, the odd birthday party, and will have a friend or grandparents over to play most other days.

In answer to your third question, I don't see a lot of benefit to screen time for them. I know there are some educational websites but I'd still rate other below reading a book or doing something active. It does have the benefit of giving me a break though - not to be underestimated!!

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