Kids and iPhones – it’s all about balance

25 Jun


My eight-year-old completely freaked me out with an “Your iPhone Screen Looks Broken” app a couple of weeks ago, my four-year-old is obsessed with the bowling app and my two-year-old girl plays the Dora Memory Cards game. I’m not proud and I am aware that their time on my iPhone needs to be monitored and limited. In an effort to ensure the next school holidays isn’t a tech-free-for-all I dusted off the games I purchased before the last school holidays – Twister, Monopoly, Guess Who, Uno and Cards. I even found Jacks!

This school holidays I am determined…my kids will not spend more than an hour a day TOTAL on computers, iPhones, iPads or any device with the word “Nintendo” on it.

This is going to be a massive task.

As was pointed out to me this morning, parents are busy. It takes time and effort to engage with your kids and make sure they are indulging in a variety of activities and Winter is the worst time for this. Please don’t rain during the school holidays!

We also have chalk to draw on the concrete out the back, water paints and my husband bought them new soccer balls which I plan to kick around the park with them.

I’ve never been a parent who likes to ban activities. I prefer to encourage and discuss. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. So far it has worked but I suspect that as they get older it will become more challenging.

I know I definitely never want them to spend time alone in their rooms on any device that connects them with others (computers, iPads, iPhones). They can do it in the living room where I can monitor them. I am happy for them to be tech-savvy but I never want them to be tech-dependent.

It’s a balancing act and the balancing act is constantly being reassessed.

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

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