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My kids are like most kids and love their devices but I’ve started to think that they might be addicted or watching them too much. Do you have rules in your house around when they can play on devices? Or even with TV watching?

My friend only lets her kids watch/play them on weekends and another friend lets them have them on Friday nights but when the battery runs out – that’s it. They have to give them back. She says it makes them manage their time on it. What rules does your family have?

Posted anonymously, 14th August 2021

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  • It’s been a trial and error process but we have started allowing screen time after the kids have had an adequate amount of social time, play time and completed jobs. It has made a difference – also telling them how long they have before they get on. During the week it’s up to an hour, weekends it’s intermittent time split between outside play.

  • No it’s hard enough during lockdown. Do what’s best for your sanity

  • I don’t have limits especially during these times

  • Honestly this will be very unpopular but no I don’t have any limits for my children. Technology is unavoidable these days.

  • I have 3 and 5yo and they are watching TV in the morning for 1-1.5h and before bed 1h…sometimes they are doing something on ipad but its education app no longer than 20min each and not every day.

  • We’re quite strict. Nothing but (monitored) school work Monday to Thursday. A movie on Friday night. And then an hour or so on the computer on Saturdays and Sundays, and a couple of hours of

  • My daughter is only 2 and isn’t allowed to use a device at all. Not even watching a movie on my phone when we’re out an about. The only time we allow her to look at our phones is when it is still in our hands and all she wants to see is photos of herself (HAHA)

  • Definitely time limits with devices which does indeed include watching TV etc.

  • I don’t limit my 16 and 17yr old anymore, they’re at a age they have to take responsibility themselves. My 11yr old has no ipad and no tv as she has thrown her tablet on the floor and broke and we haven’t replaced it and has stolen devices many times. My youngest has restrictions.

  • Limits for every age in our household. Balance in all things is a must for us.

  • I aim for 1 hour a day but to be honesty with covid and a newborn that’s a bit out the Window right now unfortunately

  • We often let them know when it is time to stop using the device and they usually comply without complaint. Letting the battery run out is something that we’ve done before, but it isn’t them making the decision, which is what we are trying to teach them. What works for one family doesn’t work in another though; I hope that you get some success with your kids!

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