How much computer time do your children have?

A recent article in The New York Times referenced advice given to parents everywhere:  “Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background,” so says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In today’s world, children have free access to unlimited age-inappropriate content from their smartphones (or parents’ smartphones), iPads, home computers and laptops, and televisions.  How much time should they be allowed with those devices?  Many pediatricians stand behind the less-than-thirty-minutes-a-day mantra, and the more extreme recommend none at all.  However, with two-income families being the norm, it is common for the kids to be left at home by themselves or with a babysitter while the TV and other devices do the actual babysitting.

So the question remains: how much computer and/or TV time do your children have, and how much is right?

Isaac Grover is the senior I.T. consultant at Quality Computer Services.  When he’s not enveloped in technology, he enjoys being with his family and being involved in the community.

A recent article in The New York Times referenced advice given to parents everywhere:  “Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background,” so says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In today’s world, children have free access to unlimited age-inappropriate content from their smartphones (or parents’ smartphones), iPads, home computers and laptops, and televisions.  How much time should they be allowed with those devices?  Many pediatricians stand behind the less-than-thirty-minutes-a-day mantra, and the more extreme recommend none at all.  However, with two-income families being the norm, it is common for the kids to be left at home by themselves or with a babysitter while the TV and other devices do the actual babysitting.

So the question remains: how much computer and/or TV time do your children have, and how much is right?

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