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Old 08-16-2016, 07:21 PM
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My daughter is 9 months old today. She's our first and will most likely be our last. If she's fussy I can pull up Baby Bum on Youtube and she's immediately entertained. She could be sqalling and this will turn her around 180. I'm simply amazed.

Everywhere you look these days you see kids glued to tablets, their parents smartphones, or whatever it may be. Where do you draw the line with this and at what point will the prolonged use of these devices begin to affect their social life when they grow older? Hell you can't even go to a restaurant these days without seeing a kid or two glued to these things.

I'm not saying that I don't want my daughter to be familiar with technology and the like but I don't want her life to be centered around it. My niece gets "Kindle time" every night before bed and she's five. If she's not behaving during the day she gets threatened with not getting Kindle time at night. It works.

What is the balance between needed exposure and overuse? Do your kids use devices excessively? Has it affected them good or bad? Thoughts?
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Same here with peppa the pig. I think it's just about being couped up in the house but I'm interested to see the responses
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Let me put my tablet down and go see.

It was no different 20 years ago, the toys or distractions were diffferent.
I had a walkman and a merlin among many other toys. There are books and coloring. TV is still the OG boobtube. DVD players have been in cars for 20 years now.
Both my kids age 3 and 5 have their own cheap tablets. The play puzzles and alphabet learning games. Sometimes its silly videos.
We limit their time on them. We go outside.
We swim. We play with their toys.
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My child? How about my wife. She is addicted to FB and her smart phone.
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Same here with peppa the pig. I think it's just about being couped up in the house but I'm interested to see the responses
Yeah me too. I thought you might reply!
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Kinda same, OP. With me it is the 'surprise egg' videos. I think as long as you balance technology related stuff with good old outdoor playground, fishing, nature walks etc... it is ok. I am talking about a 3 year old here, so not exactly old enough to hunt yet or anything.
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This is exactly why I have tech free rooms in the house.
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FYI

All the Silicon Valley millionaires send there kids to school where no technology is present.

Makes you wonder.

http://www.educationnews.org/technol...-free-schools/
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My daughter is 9 months old today. She's our first and will most likely be our last. If she's fussy I can pull up Baby Bum on Youtube and she's immediately entertained. She could be sqalling and this will turn her around 180. I'm simply amazed.

Everywhere you look these days you see kids glued to tablets, their parents smartphones, or whatever it may be. Where do you draw the line with this and at what point will the prolonged use of these devices begin to affect their social life when they grow older? Hell you can't even go to a restaurant these days without seeing a kid or two glued to these things.

I'm not saying that I don't want my daughter to be familiar with technology and the like but I don't want her life to be centered around it. My niece gets "Kindle time" every night before bed and she's five. If she's not behaving during the day she gets threatened with not getting Kindle time at night. It works.

What is the balance between needed exposure and overuse? Do your kids use devices excessively? Has it affected them good or bad? Thoughts?
Being a parent means you have to set the rules and boundaries. Expect your kids to "lawyer" you all the time. Even Lawyer's kids "lawyer" them.

That beautiful young kid is too young to know the difference right now. When the time comes, control their environment like you are supposed to. Don't worry about whether they "like" you or not.
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This is exactly why I have tech free rooms in the house.
Which rooms are they? Bathroom?!
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Being a parent means you have to set the rules and boundaries. Expect your kids to "lawyer" you all the time. Even Lawyer's kids "lawyer" them.

That beautiful young kid is too young to know the difference right now. When the time comes, control their environment like you are supposed to. Don't worry about whether they "like" you or not.
Good advice thanks.
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Originally Posted by wmflyfisher View Post
Which rooms are they? Bathroom?!
lol, no. Den, dining, theatre, and study.
Allowed in: bath, kitchen, living, bedroom, and office.
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Nip this Shit in the bud !!!

If you care ... if not , carry on LoL
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If you are using a device in such a manner to calm your child down, I believe you have bigger problems. Yes...it's a quick fix and I can't say that I'm not guilty of it at one point or another...nor am I judging. I have a 6 yo and a 4 yo both boys. Electronics are not the answer. Very seldom do they get to play with a tablet or phone and only get to play the Wi when they've been good at their grandparents (we don't have one). They become what you let them become. I'm strict in the matter...maybe even a little extreme but I send my kids outside. They ride their bikes, play with the dogs, jump on the trampoline and yes...I even let them play in my boat. It's a lot better than the alternative. When they get fussy...well, it's timeout or bed time. I don't put up with it. I doubt my kids will even have a cell phone until they start driving and even at that point, it will not be a smart phone.
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My child? How about my wife. She is addicted to FB and her smart phone.
Both my teenage daughters spend way too much time on their iPhones using: Snapchat, Instagram and videochat; and my wife does the same on Facebook, texting and playing games on her phone or iPad.

I don't expect the OP will have any better luck, but at least he has another 4-5 years before his child demands a cell phone.
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My child? How about my wife. She is addicted to FB and her smart phone.
As far as wife, I can't see any difference with mine on FB than me or anybody else sitting beside her watching tv. In fact, she'll prob learn more on the phone; especially when weather alerts come up.
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Daughter (15) would go world war 3 without her Iphone.
Son (19) uses it but not obsessed with it.Wife is actually worse than both of them in on her ipad.

Technology is good and not going away but there are certainly going to be long term effects from being totally submersed in these things all day.
There are already reports of social ills kids are experiencing from too much time looking at these damn screens.
It's amazing to me that a few short years ago we all managed just fine without this nonsense . Now,nobody can live without it.
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Being a parent means you have to set the rules and boundaries. Expect your kids to "lawyer" you all the time. Even Lawyer's kids "lawyer" them.

That beautiful young kid is too young to know the difference right now. When the time comes, control their environment like you are supposed to. Don't worry about whether they "like" you or not.
I really like this one, set boundaries, don't worry about what they want to much. I have two kids age 1 and 4, girl and boy, so I am going through this daily. My son get some ipad time for games, maybe some peppa pig, 30 minutes, but thats it. He is very engaged socially and can hold great conversations. The other kids in his circle struggle with communication. Read to her, read to her, and then read to her some more.

These two books changed my whole outlook on devices, kids, and daughters.

https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Free-Ma...nds+free+momma


https://www.amazon.com/Strong-Father...rong+daughters



Good luck, I am in the weeds too.

PS My wife and I do not facebook, or twitter space, or my book, or instashit, who the hell has time for that shit? Maybe husbands and wives should focus more on each other and quality time with their kids??? Not to derail things....
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If you are using a device in such a manner to calm your child down, I believe you have bigger problems. Yes...it's a quick fix and I can't say that I'm not guilty of it at one point or another...nor am I judging. I have a 6 yo and a 4 yo both boys. Electronics are not the answer. Very seldom do they get to play with a tablet or phone and only get to play the Wi when they've been good at their grandparents (we don't have one). They become what you let them become. I'm strict in the matter...maybe even a little extreme but I send my kids outside. They ride their bikes, play with the dogs, jump on the trampoline and yes...I even let them play in my boat. It's a lot better than the alternative. When they get fussy...well, it's timeout or bed time. I don't put up with it. I doubt my kids will even have a cell phone until they start driving and even at that point, it will not be a smart phone.
That's easy for you to say now but I doubt you'll be able to keep your kids at driving age to not have a smart phone unless your living in Amish country
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My daughter is 2.5
She can scroll thru my wife's iPhone and bring up YouTube.
We only give it to her at restaurants or when it's time for her to be quiet
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