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Should parents reduce their child's screen time?

lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,693 Disability Gamechanger
edited April 28 in Coffee lounge
I thought this was a good discussion on another forum I am on should parents tell their children to pick two days a week where they don't play on their computers and phones  and do things with their family 

Such as a day out  activities in the garden  play board games anything that doesn't involve computers or phones 


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,737 Disability Gamechanger
    Easier said than done and especially during lockdown when that is the only way they communicate with friends and schooling even done online 

    Also as a disabled parent not easy for us to go out and if we do I can't join in so he would be doing stuff on his own 

    However rather than full days off devices we do have restrictions and do other activities 

    It's not easy when everything nowadays is all technology based 
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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,693 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 that's the problem isn't it all is online do you play board games like monopoly or things like that 

    One of the people is in a wheel chair and he plays  crazy golf in the garden  lol using cups and things like that I am not saying its something you should as I know you have other problems it was just interesting to see what people did and said 

  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,181 Pioneering
    Its the way the world is these days, its all about technology, even 3 year old are taught it in schools. I have 3 year old and 7 year old grandkids who both want to be on a tablet playing games. 
    When my son was in his teens, he'd be on the PlayStation after school, gaming against his friends and family, at least he was home and safe.
    I think if we had it as children I would of wanted it too, we had CB radio that used to annoy the neighbours. 
    I would be lost without Internet, I do lots of research on it for 1. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,737 Disability Gamechanger
    We play trivial pursuits and game of life sometimes and used to do lego but I can't see well enough now 

    He likes art so he does that and photography but then edits them using technology lol 

    As sandy sa7d while he us on his xboc or phone at least I know where he is and what he is doing and would much rather he is than out on the streets getting mixed up with wrong crowd or getting into harm 
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,318 Disability Gamechanger
    I think children and young adults should spend some time off their gizmos and gadgets and touch base with their family members in games or outside activities of some sort. I’d also advocate learning some simple DIY and gardening skills too, good for mind, body and soul...and the pocket eventually.

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,596 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 27
    It's difficult to turn the clock back and uninvent technology, but kids should make way for other things if that's what they chose, our 7 year old grandson has been more tech savvy than me since he was 5 years old, but he has recently started playing for a junior football team with an hours training a week.
    I think looking back we were as guilty as parents in the 1980's when it was easy to sit the kids down in front of the telly or a video to keep them quiet, so i'm not going to judge todays parents.
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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,693 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine it's not about judging just seeing what other people's thoughts are  
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,968 Pioneering
    In terms of gaming I do think a lot of time is spent doing it. For example when my brother is not at college you can’t tear him from an Xbox. I think that’s how it is these days though and how he’s grown up with friends doing the same. When I was growing up it was different and I wasn’t much of a gamer anyway. 

    In general technology terms I think it’s good to learn and keep up with the times as technology can be a useful tool, help with a lot of things and reduce time spent doing a task another way. 

    However not just children but adults too should be aware how much time they are spending on technology and take a break. 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,377

    Scope community team

    Just wanted to let you know I have edited the title of the thread @lisathomas50, to more closely reflect the question being asked. 
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,776 Disability Gamechanger
    Mine has to use an iPad all day for school. Consequently he gets fresh air post school or TV but no screen time bar having his phone on him for safety. You cannot uninvent these things but there’s plenty of other things to be done. We go cycling off road, play chess or backgammon, read or listen to music as a family. Do some TV every other day or so. Yes IT is an easy option but it’s not like the other options are hard. 

    The school iPad and the phone charge in my bedroom at night and there’s no debate over it.


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