[FoRK] Children and digital/computer medium

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Fri Dec 6 08:29:05 PST 2013


Gregory's last para details some of my concerns. I see in my 3 yr old that
after a small session with iPad she is "hyper"/cranky etc. Also, not time
limiting almost always leads to an over-done (my opinion). My daughter has
almost always willingly switched off the TV or iPad after an hour or so
once or twice I allowed her to watch that much, but it easily adds up.


On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:

> There is a theory that interactive time is better than passive time. That
> argues for touch tables over TV.
> There is also a theory that I subscribe to that games are actually useful
> for developing mental problem solving skills.  When I was a kid though, we
> had plenty of offline activities and not so much verticalized and behavior
> optimized modifiers.
> A good rule of thumb is the presence of any physical changes.  Sore eyes,
> sore heads, sore fingers/thumbs, sore butts, sore attitudes--the last is
> the most important.  Some slightly older kids get pouty and a touch
> temperamental when they play too many games, watch too much tv, or are
> focused on too singular of an app or content.
> Greg
> On 12/6/2013 8:17 AM, Dave Crossland wrote:
>> Hi
>> I am curious why you want to impose limits. I expect using computers to
>> drive the urge to learn to read, for example.
>> Cheers
>> Dave
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