I swore before I had children that I would not be one of those parents that would give their children electronics, Ipad, or playing on my phone. Then I had children and my ideas changed. It started with the phone. We used it as a last resort to help occupy my son when we needed to do something for a couple of minutes. We noticed … Continue reading I never thought…..
In my short life time, I have seen computers go from only being in the classroom having only Organ Trail and Kidpix to having a computer at the touch of a finger. I remember when it was cool to have a pager and unheard of to have a cell phone. Technology is a wonderful thing, but when is it too much? We see campaigns for … Continue reading Technology and the Next Generation
They call my generation the technology generation, but I am learning that my children will really be the first generation. When I was growing up, the internet was still something few families had. I didn’t have cable for most of my childhood, video games were not as mainstream and you could still find a pay phone. In today’s world, kids are brought up with technology; they … Continue reading This Generation and Technology
It is helpful to realize that TV shows filmed with one camera are less addictive (due to the lack of a “flicker” every few second from one angle to another.) Repetitive viewing of a favorite DVD does not enhance a TV habit. All children love repetition. It allows them to make a story or movie “their own”. Rather than mindless viewing, they tend to memorize … Continue reading Beating the TV Habit
I tape any movies or specials that the children want to watch. While taping, I view the show so I can edit out commercials and determine if it is appropriate. This allows me to “screen” the show and has helped us develop a library of good movies. Linda Grant We have set times and shows that the children can watch. For awhile we tried afternoon cartoons, … Continue reading This Works for Me: Monitoring TV