Ive tried keeping TV/Ipad and phones away and then Ive included it as a reward at the end of the week but my 3 yr old is obsessed and asks us non-stop. Ive decided to just throw in the towel and let him have it more often (still keeping the times and duration to what I think is appropriate) in the hopes that he will loose interest like he has with a lot of his toys and stop obsessing over it. Any advice?

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  • Depends on what activitiss they do, i quite like educational apps like reading eggs. I set a 30 min timer on the ipad, once that goes off its time to go away. Sometimes they can have 2 goes, as long as they are playing outside or doing other stimulating activities



  • It’s a tough one but it depends what they are watching. All screen time isn’t equal. I think if you can make sure they get plenty of outside time and non-screen time activities you will find the right balance for your family.



  • I think when possible you need to keep the tv turned off – and only turn it on to let them watch a particular program, maybe 2 a day. As for the tablet – it is great to use it as a reward. Maybe you should explain that they can play on it for 10 minutes and use a timer or a clock or something. This might help them to learn about time at the same time.



  • Children don’t tend to lose interest in technology, it just grows as they get older so although I know it’s difficult to persist you’re better off not giving him extra time?



  • Yeah, pretty sure kids under 3 should have zero screen time, which is difficult, my son watches movies and stuff!
    But I think from 3 onwards, not more than 1 hour a day?
    We are trying to go off it more and more!
    I find if we ever cut screen time out completely, that they stop asking for it because they realise they won’t get it.



  • None in my opinion. I know it’s unrealistic, but ideally children shouldn’t have a lot of screen time until they are at least 7 because their brains are really sensitive at this time.



  • I feel like the recommendation can be so unrealistic. We are busy mums and often have a handful going on. I think if its educational then why not. Obviously treating it like a reward will only mean they’d crave it more. Make it feel the norm and they will be bored in no time



  • There are recommendations around for how much screen time is appropriate. I can’t remember the exact amounts, but I know it’s not a lot. I’ve been trying to limit screen time too. I find that trying to distract my son with other activities works. Limiting it to one or two shows a day – usually just before bed so that he has something to look forward to. It s a matter of changing the routine so he doesn’t expect to watch shows.
    There are still days though when I need to get things done and the ipad comes out.


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