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The American Association of Pediatrics suggests 1-2 hours of all screen time--regardless of content. The following link sites some of the effects it can have: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/children-and-tv/MY00522 Also, beginning more than 1-2 hours of screen time at age 3 makes it more difficult to limit it when they are older-as it becomes something ...


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I thought I'd expand my comment into an answer: Whether or not media is considered educational is a bit of a red herring. If a kid is going to watch TV or play a game, yes, it might as well be educational, but the fact that it is educational isn't going to change whether or not it's a good idea to be doing that activity for extended periods of time. The ...


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Children and especially preteens/teens, respond well to being empowered. Have a family meeting and have the family as a group decide what is important. Allow time for discussion from each one's position and then develop the rules from the information shared. Another meeting to share the rules that you as a parent have set will likely be needed. This does ...


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The Mayo Clinic says too much screen time is too much screen time, regardless of the device, the content, or the level of interaction. Our household has a "scale" of electronics time, depending on age. As the kid gets older, their time limits are tied somewhat to responsibilities -- they do their chores to earn additional time (privilege). There is also ...


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I agree that once you get past a certain point, content is irrelevant and that 5 hours of edu games has less to do with the content and everything to do with the lack of varied activity for a 3 yr old. i think even 2 hrs at a crack is too long, and i'm a pretty big tech advocate. Now here's something that hasn't been mentioned... I'll bet that if she's ...


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Toddlers should not spend much time behind a screen. IMHO the use of media is far more relevant than the content of the media, particularly if the time is quite limited. The very most I would consider is an hour a day, and I would not let it be at one sitting. I've searched the web, and there's lots of info on limiting TV time and video games, but I ...


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I don't think many parents do it differently from how you're doing it now. Every child is different, and while there surely are common threads among children there probably aren't as many as you might think. So, it's difficult to be proactive beyond some very general situations, e.g.: Call if you're going to be late Call if you're going to be somewhere ...


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I've never seen anybody ask how much time is too much time spent reading, drawing, putting together puzzles, or playing board games. Yet as I see it, reading on a tablet is just like reading a book whose pages can never get ripped; drawing on a tablet is like fingerpainting that my daughter can do no matter what she is wearing; playing puzzles on a tablet is ...


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The world is changing. I think the advice on how much is too much is outdated. Screen time isn't what it used to be. I have a feeling my two year old will type his name before he writes it. I think he will learn to use a mouse or a touch screen before crayons. Even Leapfrog toys are having a hard time competing with IPads. An IPad is more engaging and ...


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Screen time is something that should be limited for all children; at 0-2, it should be minimal or zero, as it does not support brain development in the same way that other kinds of (active) play do. It's similar to how you might learn a school subject. Method 1: Listen to a lecture, with an overhead/projector showing some slides. Method 2: Listen ...


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Am I right to be concerned? I would say yes, most definitely. Kids can easily become lost in games for hours on end (I should know, I was one of them). I think my parents were thankful they had something to keep me occupied while they did.. whatever it was that they did while I was in my room. It was also something they could take away from me when I ...


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I think with any media product, its important to set up some boundaries as far as usage goes. IMHO, educational games would get a little more leeway, but still should have boundaries. Its a good opportunity to set some good habits for your child, let her start to learn the importance of self governing or at least, that limits do exist. This lesson can be ...


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It would be better if your 3-year-old daughter will play with real toys like dolls or bricks more time than with iPad. She has to develop her cognitive ability, logic and knowledge about real world. So far she's been using the iPad maybe 2 to 5 hours each day. It is too much. 1 hour a day would be enough. there's lots of info on limiting TV time ...


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I'd say it depends on many things. It is definitely a good rule to make your kids finish homework before they play on their iPad, or play with their friends, or do really anything else. But I would say that you're looking at everything totally wrong if you say that these devices are just a waste of time for your kids, then go out and set ridiculous ...


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Back in my times I was out 24/7 and when I got back home I was too tired and went to bed... I don't even remember eating food, hell all I remember is hide and seek, tag and all other fun stuff we did back in my time! Ipad? Kids? That is a bad combination, have them go out more often. It's more healthy for them to be fighting each other than to play on their ...


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Yes, there are downsides to the lack of exposure to other activities: The child may not get exposure to societal conventions or norms outside of their area of expertise. The child may not develop other skills, and thus lack options if they ever stop pursuing their current interest. Increased demands/expectations on a child that may have heightened ...


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Parents need to set limits. However, I also believe the appropriate limits are way higher than most modern western parents tend to set them. For a start, most kids spend six hours a day being exposed to a broad range of topics, usually including PE. Extroverts will actively seek out social opportunities to recharge, and introverts don't need as many ...


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I didn't like that pressure(well by pressure i mean saying me to take a 'brake') from my parents, so I think that in child's interests you should allow them to do whatever they want for few hours(without disturbing them) and then gently ask them to take a brake for 5-10 minutes, go to shop, help you cook, etc, because if you kick them to play outside nothing ...


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Give the child a cellphone with google latitude turned on. My son was in 4th grade when I gave him a cellphone - which what 8 years ago if you could imagine. Although people thought and sometimes commented, "You gave your 10 year old a cellphone?" I never regretted it. He was a very active child and played sports in different fields in the area. I ...



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