Technology for Kids

Tracy - posted on 04/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I am curious what kinds of technologies your kids use and have? Cell phones? IPods? MP3 players? Computers? Flip phones? DS? What about letting your preschoolers and school agers watch youtube? Or play online kid games? With so much technology available to kids now adays, I was curious what other parents are doing with their kids and technology.


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Jodi - posted on 04/11/2011




My 13 year old has a pre-paid mobile phone, a DS Lite and an Ipod Touch.

My 11 year old has a DS Lite, but given he is starting high school nect year will also be getting a phone shortly.

My 6 year old has a DS Lite. Her brothers never had one at that age, but being the youngest, with the others playing theirs around her, we bought one for her for her 5th birthday.

We also have a computer in the main living area which is for the kids. It has internet access, but it is supervised. The older two will watch some Youtube clips, etc, but the younger one hardly ever uses the computer, and really watches nothing without my full supervision. None of them has a TV in their room, just access to the family TVs, which are both programmed with PIN number for anything over a PG rating.

They do have restrictions on all of their technology use - age appropriate boundaries. I don't believe any of them use it excessively. They all still sit and play Lego, play ball games outside, etc. They do more of that than fiddling around with their technology to be honest. I don't believe technology is the problem, it is lack of supervision/boundaries that will be the problem.

Rebekah - posted on 04/11/2011




I have a 5 year old son and I really try to limit what he uses and how often (because I know it will only grow as he gets older). He can use the family computer on occasion and play educational CD-Rom games (Clifford, Sesame St, Rainbow Fish, etc.) for maybe half hour at a time. He has a handheld Leapster game (educational games, though some seem marginally educational). That too, I'll let him do it half an hour at a time. He asks to use one or the other only a couple of times per week, which is fine with me. Other than that, he watches some children's programming on TV, most days but not every day, for no more than an hour a day (unless he's sick, then he can watch however long).

We have dial-up (groan...its dreadful) so it takes an eternity to pull up a utube video. On occasion, if I see a cute one, I don't see the harm in sharing it with my son. But its obviously not something we can conveniently access, and he's too young to surf the net on his own.

I'm pretty wary of technology for kids... I know his generation will need to have some savvy so he can utilize what he needs for school, etc, but too much too soon is bad news. At his age, he needs to enjoy his own imagination and free play, and work on those social skills and real friendships. I hear too many stories about kids/teens getting in serious trouble with online networking, taking/sending provocative photos of themselves, retreating to a virtual way of relating to others instead of real ones. Scary and absurd stuff. I can't protect my son from it forever, but he has to have some maturity and judgement before he can have the privilege of some of those freedoms.

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