| ||Ask HN: How much screen time do you let your kids have?|
60 points by japhyr on Dec 13, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 90 comments |
|I'm asking this question on HN because I feel like many people here probably supervise their kids' screen time a little differently than the average parent. So I've read the general recommendations about screen time, but I'd like a little perspective from HNers with young children.|
My son will be 4 in March. We don't have a tv, so the only screen time he's had is about an hour a day of watching a few children's shows through Amazon or Hulu. It's been mostly good, because the shows are educational and we talk to him daily about what he's seeing. It's really interesting to here what conclusions he draws from some of these shows, and it's amazing what he picks up from shows like Wild Kratts.
We recently got an ipad mini for travel. It was great while traveling; he starting using some apps about the human body, one that let him build robots and guide them through a maze, etc. But now that we're done traveling for a bit, he keeps wanting to use the ipad. I want him to continue gaining exposure to devices like an ipad, but I also don't want him to have excessive screen time. He complains loudly for about a minute when we tell him we're finished with the ipad, but then quickly finds something interesting to do in the house.
What do HN parents of kids around this age do? At what age did you start setting specific time limits for screen time? At what age did you start your kids on projects specifically related to programming? (I have no need to push programming, but I certainly want to expose him to the concepts. He's already pretending to program the computer he watches videos on, and physical objects that he pretends are robots.)
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