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.
My daughter is going to live blog my day of no tech on Eljae.com. 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.