Need help deciding on TV and IPad use for my kids....

Jennifer - posted on 05/18/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 and 6 year old who can watch tv and be on their IPads all day.
I do not think it is healthy for them to be doing this as I want them to be active and do things creatively. How long should I let them watch tv and play with their ipads per day?

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Melanie - posted on 05/18/2015

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I agree Jennifer, it isn't good for them. In my experience, the difficulty in setting boundaries on this stuff is that the moment you take it away, it is all they can think about and they often won't get on with other things. Some people just seem to give up and let their kids stay on technology for the sake of peace.

For what it is worth, this is what I did and it has worked out extremely well:
No technology during weekdays, never, under any circumstances do they get technology from Monday through to Thursday. Once they accept this (because you never ever give in), they will get on with other stuff. TV, maybe some cartoons after school to unwind but half an hour or so is plenty.
Friday is a no restriction day, assuming they have school or creche or kinder, they get to come home have a snack and do whatever they want, which means mum can do whatever she wants as well. Fridays are never taken away through punishment etc, it is something they can look forward to and IMHO makes then less obsessed with technology rather than more because they know they will get to play on Fridays.
Then Saturday and Sunday, set a daily limit on technology, set a timer (mine was two hours), be firm but fair and don't feel sorry for them when they claim to be bored. It's bad luck. As they got older, that two hours was dependent apon having finished homework.
I'm less strict about watching a movie on a rainy day, that's fine.
But technology is a terrible waste of children's lives.
My kids are older now and only now and then do they play x box, they have very few games, they don't actually have IPADs, my middle boy is 18 and he is still not allowed to sit in his room playing computer games except on Fridays and then he only does it for an hour or so and gets bored. I think this approach has worked pretty well as they get used to doing other things. Good luck.

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Sashae - posted on 05/21/2015

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My SD has the same issue of being obsessed with the tablet. She can go hours curled into a ball in a corner watching it. I try to restrict her tv time to 2 hours a day and it worked for a little. But she wud wake up at the crack of dawn to use it. And make a lot of noise with it. Her father said it wasn't fair for her to be bored with nothing to do when I complained that I couldn't sleep. So I have given up. Now she ignores her homework for the thing. Getting her to do anything is almost impossible. I would suggest baby steps. Two hours a day and then playtime. That way they can tire themselves out before bed. And then finally all together. Treat it like an addiction. Which it is. It's not healthy and I'm still working on it here

Priya - posted on 05/19/2015

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Hi.. physical activities is surely needed for your kids at this age... they should be practised to play physically than mentally.. I would rather stop tv watching than allowing them for sometime... if they have space to play insist them to do so.. Technology is a boon to some extent and a sin as well... limiting ur children at this age will be the right time... Best of luck!!

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