How do you currently decide how to provide "online guidelines" for your kids?
The topic of "Raising Kids in the Wired World" is of great interest to me as a mom and a professional. Everywhere you turn -- kids seem to be connected to something that is wired. Parents -- how do you currently decide how to provide guidelines for your kids?
This is a timely question--see the Special Edition on this web site "Nature Deficit Disorder." Technology is a wonderful thing, but children need time to be creative and explore their environment, especially before they are teenagers. Screen time includes tv, computer, video games, movies. Many experts believe that screen time for kids about 5 or 6 and over should be limited to two hours a day. Younger children should have less exposure. This will leave plenty of time for riding bikes, pretend play, and reading books!
The question you raise is such a timely topic. I too have grappled with the same issue and asked the question of how much media is too much for your kid in a previous discussion forum this year --- <a href="http://www.education.com/communities/boards/view/3313/">http://www.education.com/communities/boards/view/3313/</a>. To-date, my approach has been to minimize the exposure my children have to all sorts of media and I'm sticking to it. As they group up, I am sure my ability to limit and control these activities will lessen and my kids will catch up on any media I deprived them of in the past. It would be great to hear other strategies from parents...