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Do you limit the time your children can play on the computer or with other electronic gadgets? How long are they allowed to play?

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Whilst I realise many parents won't agree with me, but I don't limit my son's time on the computer. He plays sport during the week and on the weekend, we spend a lot of time outdoors and travelling, so when we are at home I am happy for him to play games online and interact with his friends that way. He watches great documentaries and educational YouTube videos and at times I watch them with him. They often open a door to interesting discussion between us. He has been inspired to cook recipes he has seen on YouTube and since he is very interested in technology has learnt how to solve problems through instructional videos and at times has even helped me to find a solution to a technology related issues I was having. I think as long as children have a good balance of indoor and outdoor activities, technology can enhance kids lives and in the long run perhaps even make it easier for them to get a job.
I agree. Although my daughter was at the beginning of PCs in the home, and hence no gaming as the kids now know it, she used ours for creative writing, newsletters, at twelve, for the neighbourhhood watch group and learning the how and why of a PC. She also did a lot of other things so we never had to place a time limit either. She went on to become a teacher.
by Rice
Our kids were given a tablet by one of their uncle's. So, we had to bring in a rule of not more than 1 hour on the computer!
No time at all. And I'm dreading school sending them online games as homework. They're too young for it I think, and I'd much rather they be out in the backyard or creating games and interacting with each other instead of a screen. They'll have years of that ahead of them I'm sure with work moving more and more towards electronics.
30 min -1:30 hours a day.
Not long. The maximum is one hour. Unless they are busy with homework, they would be allowed as long as needed.
My stepgrandson is always glued to his mother's phone, playing games. He's nearly six. That would annoy the *bedbugs* out of me so . . .

by Rice
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