[FoRK] Children and digital/computer medium

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Dec 6 06:12:18 PST 2013

Teach them how to plug them in properly so they don't electrocute 
themselves.  That's the first thing they are going to want to do when 
you aren't around.


On 12/6/2013 6:05 AM, SK wrote:
> Hi all,
> Having two kids aged 3 and 1 I am increasingly getting anxious about the
> right way to introduce them to electronic/computer medium.
> My 3 year old (almost 4 actually) is already introduced to iPad but is
> restricted to about 2 hours of screen time (TV/iPad) per week and never in
> a bulk of more than 30 minutes. I did this more intuitively than through
> any logical reasoning.
> However, when I look at the road ahead, I am vexed by questions to which I
> have no answers, questions like:
> - what is the max screen time that is actually OK?
> - is it OK to reduce this to zero (assuming my angels do not scream her
> head off)
> - what is the good age to expose them to a computer?
> - what is a good age to explain concepts about computing?
> - Is TV better or iPad better for allocated screen time:
> big-screen/small-screen vs. sedative/involved balance
>   and many more.
> Does any of you know of good books/research/theories in this area? I would
> appreciate any pointers.
> Thanks,
> skn
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