To make DC leave their iPads behind.
catweasel44 · 18/07/2017 13:14
We are going away for a week with friends.
We have discussed leaving iPads, phones etc behind.
On the whole, I don't see a problem with this and think it will be good for them, especially DS2 who is 8 and only wants to watch YouTube at the moment.
DS1 is 11 and recently has recently got a girlfriend. It is very sweet and all they actually do is send each other text messages with ❤️ emojis on.
It feels very mean to say he can't contact her for a week.
But I can't let him have his iPad if none of the other kids have theirs.
To complicate matters - I'm not even supposed to know that he has a girlfriend.
BrieAndChilli · 18/07/2017 17:29
Ours didn't take tablets on holiday to France, it did mean they didn't have them to entertain while waiting for/on the flight etc but knew if we took them for that it would be hard not to use them while we were there, me and DH also turned the data off on our phone so no Facebook, whatsapp, internet either (unless we were looking up tickets for place we were going to etc)
Was very nice and meant we all engaged with each other much more.
gluteustothemaximus · 19/07/2017 17:54
Holidays are for doing what you want. I would have my technology, and don't see why kids couldn't have theirs. We don't restrict anything, and they are not on them 24/7.
They'll probably be having so much fun with other kids anyway, they won't use them. But at least it will be through choice, not forced.
Don't think I could cope without wifi though!
melj1213 · 19/07/2017 18:26
I'd take them, but then I always have my phone and tablet with me on holiday and sometimes I have my netbook too if I'm going to have to do some work while I'm away so it's just natural for me to have tech available.
My DD8 always has her tablet too because it's handy for when we're in the car/airport because she can have books, various games/activities (both for her to play individually and for us to play together), podcasts/music and the digital versions of some of her favourite magazines all on her tablet and I don't have to lug a bag full of activities/books etc around just to keep her entertained.
DD is allowed her tablet whenever she wants on the car/airport/plane journey but then once we arrive at our hotel/holiday venue the tablet is then restricted to "reading on her kindle app before bedtime" and occasionally during "siesta time" after lunch, if she's not tired she is allowed to have some quiet screen time, but that is no more than she would normally be allowed at home anyway.
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