It’s safe to say I love these monthly Q&A posts. It has been so much fun relating to other mom bloggers (linked at the bottom of this post!) and connecting with all of you. I think this was needed in our online community! We can benefit from each other’s perspectives, learn about other mamas and babies, reflect on our own parenting views, and so much more. If you haven’t seen our previous posts, check out our thoughts on simple living, being a stay at home mom, and sleep. This month we are talking all about the use of technology with our kids. It can sometimes be a touchy subject or one that judgement is associated with, but everyone has an opinion and I thought it would be great to share and learn more about this topic!
Technology with Kids Q&A
Do you have an opinion on technology use with kids? Do you worry about being on your phone too much around your babies?
My opinion is that technology these days is used and abused in our society. I love and so appreciate the strides we’ve made in technology and obviously we need a lot of it. It is also something that I feel children are getting way too much of. I absolutely worry about being on my phone too often in front of Noah. I don’t want him to grow up remembering me that way, always with the phone in my hand. It is a struggle and a hard balance, but something I am trying to be more intentional about and take breaks to fully interact with him every day.
What age did you or will you allow your kids to play with your phone, iPad, etc.? Do you restrict what they do on it? Will you buy them their own tablet?
I try not to let Noah hold my phone very much (or iPad) mainly because I want to teach him at a young age that it is not a toy. Our phones (and computers and iPads and tablets) are expensive devices that hold a lot of valuable information! It worries me that children think everything is a toy and don’t understand or respect things, like our tech. I do think at a certain age, probably 5 or older, some kind of tablet with learning activities and games, would be appropriate. I would definitely be strict with it and have designated times they can use it, certain learning activities, etc.
At what age did you (or do you plan to) let your kids watch tv and for how much time per day? Certain tv shows/channels?
I told myself when I was pregnant that I’d wait until the recommended age 2 to allow him to watch tv. He watched a tv children’s tv show for the first time around maybe 7 months. HA. Before one year, I only put a show on for him a select few times. Mostly because I was exhausted and wanted a break. I really would like to implement one or two shows per day for my kids while they are young. I love the older shows and “classic” cartoons/movies. As far as tv channels go, many of the simpler, hand drawn cartoons are on PBS Kids or you can find movies/shows on Netflix.
What are your/your babe’s favorite tv shows and movies? Are you concerned with the message it teaches and do you restrict any shows in particular?
A few of the ones I like for the coming couples of years are Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and the classic (1990’s) Disney movies are a must. I really try to be aware of the message I am sending to Noah and I am noticing more and more the messages on these shows. Some are really concerning and others are wonderful! It’s just a matter of paying attention and for us, watching the simpler, older shows are much more innocent and educational. I do think some of the things in disney movies is unnecessary additions, but at the same time, kids don’t notice or comprehend it anyway.
If you do not use iPad/iPhones as entertainment/distractions while out, what types of activities, toys, explanations do you use?
I see this all the time, and honestly, I get it. I hate it, but I totally get it. It is hard to juggle all the things being a mom. For us, I’ve figured out a few simple tricks in distracting/occupying my one year old in stores. Snacks are a huge part of that. Win some and lose some! I think as he grows, we will do things like bring a book, coloring, toy car, etc. I’m hoping to keep him off a screen in public and plan to help him be content in different settings. We will see how that goes. Haha big goals! If you have tips on that, let me know!
How have you managed to balance technology use with your kids? Do you worry that our society has made it too acceptable at such young ages to use phones and tablets?
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