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Do you allocate screen time to your children?

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
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Our children have much more access to screen media than we did when we were children, with not only the television, but iPads, iPhones, video games and more.


We all like to achieve the right balance between appropriate active and learning play, having said that, screen media does allow busy parents to 'get things done' without distraction.

Screen media can suck hours out of a day, sometimes without us even noticing, so the question is, how much screen time, if any, do you allocate to your own children during the day? And would that duration differ during the weekends and school holidays?

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We try to limit screen time to approximately 1 hour a day, although we do find that we relax that a little over the weekend and school holidays, and probably allow more screen time in winter months when outdoor play is limited.
My nieces enjoy about a couple of screen hours a day: iPods, computer games and the Wii.
It would be my dream to do so, but I am too lax about it! :(
I have to admit, I don't limit screen time, mainly because I spend so much time on the computer. However, I make sure that we spend plenty of time outdoors after school and on the weekends. When we are at home though, we tend to gravitate towards the electronics.
Our eldest daughter & her partner, got rid of their tv, before their 1st baby was born, so itís wonderful watching her playing with her toys, dolls & reading books, instead of looking at the tv. She still gest to watch a little bit of tv at her Nannaís. (Thatís not me!) And she loves watching the football over at her auntieís house, during 2 days or evenings, every 2nd month
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