Approach to Screen Time
|April 2nd, 2022|
I don't feel like we have the perfect approach here, and we've gone through a few different systems, but this is what we're currently using:
Podcasts and audio books: unlimited. I have a bunch of story tapes that my grandmother recorded for us, and Lily especially enjoys them. Let me know if you want a link.
Messaging, blogging: unlimited, though they don't do these very much.
Learning games: unrestricted before breakfast on weekends and between dinner and bedtime snack. If they think something (a program or a portion of a program) should count as a learning game they need to bring it to us and demonstrate that it is. Once a quarter all precedents are cleared and they need to bring games back to us, because otherwise you have "learning games" where they have mastered all of the learning portions and are just playing the games. This is primarily games like ABC Mouse and CodeSpark, though Lily recently proposed that karaoke count (which I said it was fine as long as she wasn't doing songs she knew all the lyrics to).
TV and movies: movie day once a week (usually on a day with bad weather) with our nanny for about an hour and a half; occasional movies together as a family.
Anything else: fifteen minutes a day; unlimited during long car trips and airplane rides. If they are playing a game together (End it isn't just one of them watching the other one play) then they can pool their time and play for a half an hour.
- Anna: they're good.
- Lily: they're ok.
- Lily: If I was a parent I would change the fifteen minutes to ten minutes. Screen time is kind of bad for kids. I also like having an hour and a half for movies, but I think maybe it's a bit much?
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