Tech Addiction in Kids

Esther - posted on 03/31/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am going nuts. I bought my son, 5 1/2 years old a DS after he begged for months. I put it on a schedule but he is so obsessed with it...I want to take it away and substitute other fun activities.

I read a post here about limiting it, putting on a schedule, only weekends etc. but that is not working. He keeps asking and its all he talks about.

Has anyone taken it away? I don't want to be mean...But I don't want tech addicted kids. : )

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Lakota - posted on 04/02/2013

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Taking it away isn't being mean, it is good parenting. Stop letting him talk you into giving it to him or not taking it away. He is 5 1/2 and shouldn't be controlling you.

Jodi - posted on 03/31/2013

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How is it not working? if you have a schedule, stick to it (you have to manage ir - you have to keep the DS outside of the scheduled times, he doesn't get to keep it when he isn't using it). If he is throwing tantrums over not getting his way with it outside of that schedule, yes, I'd say remove it from him altogether and let him know he can have scheduled time back again when he has grown up enough to know that tantrums over his DS aren't acceptable.

Jodi - posted on 04/03/2013

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Of course you can expect a child of this age to understand limits and boundaries. That is our job - to teach them those, and to teach them to respect them. We do that through a system of rewards and consequences. if he respects the limits you set, he gets to play his DS, if he doesn't then the consequences are quite obvious. If he wants to talk about it and ask for it, and it is constant, just make it clear that the limits are the limits, and if he asks for it again outside of those rules, then he will lose some of his valuable playing time. Perhaps if he can get by without asking about it, you can surprise him and allow him an additional half hour for doing the right thing.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/02/2013

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Here's the thing, Esther, he can ASK and TALK about it all he wants. If you don't give in, he'll get the picture.

I take the tech away all the time. I make a point at least once a month to take my kids (including my adult son) on outings where we have no reception, no wifi, no access. (In the summer it's most of the summer that we're off grid).

Don't let your kids rule the roost with technology. Maintain control of your household.

The only reason that kids don't understand limits (at any age) is because parents do not consistently enforce limits. I did, and mine do understand.

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Esther - posted on 04/02/2013

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it sounds good but I am feeling like this is an addictive substance so to speak and it may be impossible to expect a child to have the ability to understand that there is a limit..

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