Why do you allow screen time for your kids?

Medha - posted on 09/09/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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What are your reasons for allowing your below five year olds to screen time. Like, since you are busy and you want them to be occupied, you honestly want them to learn to use the gadgets like ipad, you want them to improve on fine skills (physical or mental abilities), for entertainment, and so on. Your reasons will allow me to validate and decide if other moms here also think like me!

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Johnny - posted on 09/10/2012

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I allow my daughter to watch about half hour in the morning while I have my shower and do her hair (it really helps to have her staring straight ahead in one direction for a while). Otherwise we sometimes have the news on in the evening (although if the weather is okay she's always outside) and we sometimes watch movies and Star Trek episodes as a family. I do not allow her on the computer except when we check the weather or bus schedule together (because she's learning to read them). But I know my husband lets her watch kid's music videos on YouTube when I'm not around, lol. The only time when I allow unlimited screen access is when she is too sick to do anything else and she's already slept enough.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/10/2012

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I allow my 2 year old to watch one five minute episode of Pingu (about a claymation penguin, it's really cute) in the morning on youtube, and one episode from one of his three DVDs (Bob the Builder, Word World, Rolie Polie Olie, and I line them up and he chooses one) which is about 10 minutes in the afternoon.



So about 15 minutes a day, purely for the fun of it and for a little break for me. It really helps reset the mood if he's having a meltdown about doing something, I say, "first we'll do this, and after that we can watch tv!" Since I'm very strict about it, he knows that when I come down and say "All done" I mean it, and we rarely have tantrums about it just because he knows it doesn't work.

Tee - posted on 09/10/2012

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My daughter does watch tv and sometimes uses my computer (she's 2 1/2). By the time both of my oldest was 7 and my middle was 5 they had their own computer. My middle used mine before that. By the time she is 5 she will most likely have her own (maybe sooner). Internet for my middle is restricted and he can only access sites that are pre-approved (nothing else will load unless his father programs it) But I stress that my household and their fathers household are not typical. I am a graphic designer / virtual assistant by trade and my computer stays on 24/7 and their father is a software developer / hardware tech and both households fully embrace technology. I don't even remember how long it has been since I had a traditional landline. It has been VOIP and cellphones for at least 8 years.

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My kids are allowed TV time purely for entertainment. I monitor what they watch. They both have a computer of their own to share, they are allowed two half hour timeslots per day. We live in a computer age so we feel it is in their best interest to know how to use one.

They don't have a DS or an iPad, iPod or gameboy but they do have a Wii.

I also send them outside to play, so it isn't all about the screen time. They have a swing set, bikes, a trampoline and my daughter has a pony.

It's all about getting the balance right.

Liz - posted on 09/09/2012

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I don't allow my children (4 under 5 years) to use the computer at all. They have their own "learning laptops" from V-tech that they play with, but that is all. Mainly, I don't want them getting attached to the computer, and I don't want to take the time to teach them how to use it haha. Also, I don't want them getting into things on the internet that they don't need to get involved with. We also don't have any TV service, so they watch movies sometimes, or nothing at all. I don't know if this helps you or not, just thought I would tell you why I DON'T allow my children on the computer.

User - posted on 09/09/2012

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I allow my 2 year old to watch alittle tv, I like sprout, while I cooking or helping my oldest with homework mainly just to occupy him. No more then 1-2 hrs a day. If we are all home and the weather is bad we'll all watch a movie together. We don't have any gadget so tv is the only form of media so not sure if you are including tv.

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