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:
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.