You know, screen time gets a pretty bad rap. While I agree that it’s scary how much time some kids spend trying to acquire square eyes, a little bit can be a really positive thing.
Sometimes after a big day, even little people need some help to vegetate. I know that when I am stressed and tired sometimes the idiotbox is a godsend for my brain. There are some absolutely fantastic kids movies and TV shows out there, and how lucky that we live in an ‘on-demand’ world, where we have the ability to pick and choose what we feed our kids sponges. I still remember things I learnt from shows like play school, art attack and those science shows that were on the ABC mid morning on sick days.
The educational resources available to little people these days are without question the most advanced learning tools ever. And let’s keep in mind that their future is one that will be centred around technology. I feel that keeping kids away from tools they MUST know how to use in the future is actually giving them a slight disadvantage later in life.
I’ve compiled a list of great kid friendly sites that your little monsters will love to cruise around while you do the dishes/laundry/homework/work-work/(insert list that goes forever here).
So how much is too much? I’d say anything under two hours in a day is fine, and I’ve heard it can unsettle sleep if screens are used too close to bedtime. Other than that, get the kid protector on that iPad!!
What’s your favourite website or app?