It’s adults, not children who need their screen time limited


love screen time
Chromebook I luffs you

But isn’t that a bit old fashioned these days? It’s quite popular amongst a certain brand of uptight parent to make a big deal of limiting the amount of screen time your child has.

Children today often get set homework via computers – my 9 year old son came home this week with a log in to a maths website his teachers had told him to work on. My daughter often has computer-based projects and her homework can easily take the form of a Powerpoint presentation.

Apps and TV shows even for very young children are often very explicitly educational; teaching languages, literacy, science and maths.

So in an age when your child may be having a very creative and worthwhile learning experience via a screen, isn’t a bit pointless for parents to try to reign this in?

And probably a bit hypocritical too if we adults are devoting large chunks of our day to screen-based tweeting, texting, Facebooking and general faffing about.

Is it time for parents rather than kids to cut back on screen time?

Tomorrow I am taking a challenge which has been forced upon offered to me by my daughter – a day of no screens.

She’s confiscating my iPhone, Kindle and Chromebook. I’m not to turn the TV on either. If somebody else is watching then I can too but I can’t tweet along or use the computer to look up somebody vaguely familiar off the telly.

I am getting in a spot of extra screen action tonight with some high quality faffing. Look, I found a site that lets you put your own text into the Hollywood sign: opposable thumbs


My daughter is going to live blog my day of no tech on It’s what I would’ve wanted. It’s probably what I would’ve done, had I still been in possession of my laptop.

So don’t tweet me, text, Skype, G+, FB message me or email tomorrow because I won’t see it. If you call me then my phone will likely be answered by a child playing Angry Birds.

See you on the other side.

  • Having suffered that sinking feeling when the TV box (which also ran the broadband) fell into an unending “upgrade” cycle, and no broadband or DTV until the engineer turned up with a replacement, I feel your pain.

    Yes, the old faithful crash’n’freeze Pace DiTV1000 box finally died, the way they usually go, of terminal flash memory failure, after many years of (un)reliable service – possibly worse because, after years of claiming the maximum speed was 1 megabit, when the lowest tier moved up to 2Mb, they decided these old wrecks could do 2Mb

    Not so bad though, the replacement was the much better Samsung SM2110C, though when the lowest tier moved to 10Mb, that was supplanted by a modem.

    And the other thing – pay by the minute dialup is horrible, picking your pocket by the minute, while crawling along and taking many of them!

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    I think you make a very good point here. My daughter, who is autistic, doesn’t spend much time in front of a computer though does like gadgets such as 3DS, playstation, Wii etc. Not being technical myself, I can’t get my head around children a young as 3/4 being taught computer skills. Perhaps I am old fashioned and set in my ways.

    CJ x

  • From El’s point of view you were coping pretty well, thumbs up! I thought she was only gonna take the IT stuff and was wondering why she took your hair dryer rofl! Are you gonna write a post about it so we know how you felt?

    I don’t think I can cope. I used to tell people off for using Smartphones because I think they are evil. Now I’m using it frequently (although not as frequent as my hubby, he’s an addict!) as well. I can’t even remember the days when there was no Internet!

    Good for you to make it El’s turn next week! Can’t wait for the update!!

  • Thanks all for comments. I’m not sure that El will ever do this, I think I got suckered here. But she is very pleased that lots of bloggers are giving it a go. Isn’t it amazing how smartphones have become so essential when most of us didn’t have one 3 years ago?