I am a technology nut! I love gadgets and apps–they currently surround my life. But I didn’t grow up that way. I’m only 32 but I didn’t have much in the way of technology when I was a kid. Believe it or not, I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was a sophomore in college which was in 2001 and even then, it was a pre-paid basic phone. However, I never felt like I missed out on anything.
Now having a baby, who will eventually grow into a young boy and then man, it concerns me how connected I am. I don’t want him to grow up in front of a TV/computer/tablet. I’m not saying I don’t want him to use those items or that they won’t be allowed in my home, but I want him to have a balance of “screen time” and “time to read and engage in active play,” as greatschools.org says.
How will I manage this?
My son attends day care. Luckily it is built into classrooms where the teachers have weekly lesson plans. There are no TVs in the actual classrooms and are only 4 computers (in the upper classrooms and the director’s office). Needless to say, limiting it there won’t be a problem.
At home, my husband and I have already decided there will be no TV for Emmett until he is over 2 years of age. After that it will be limited 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day. We made this decision before he was even born based on this article, “Screentime” from healthykidshealthyfuture.org.
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As for the time on a computer, smartphone or a tablet, we will also limit these. I assume we will allot a certain amount of time in the evenings where Emmett can choose between watching a TV show and playing with a computer for 30 minutes. I don’t want to completely take the option away. It’s important to be media and technology literate in society. But I want him to value people and life, not just the technology in between it.
It isn’t that technology is a terrible or awful thing because it has made so much possible. I just also want my son to grow up experiencing life in real 3-D. For more tips on what you can personally do, check out Mashable‘s article on kids and technology here.
How does your family handle screen time with your kids? Would love to hear and learn from you!