Up until a few month ago we had one iPad which the whole family shared. The boys would share the iPad between them and watch random things on YouTube. We talked about upgrading our iPad to a newer version as it is almost 5 years old and was freezing and crashing regularly. I was happy to upgrade but I was against buying two new ones just so the boys could have one each. I didn’t think there was any need to have more than one – especially as they are so expensive!
Then, out of the blue one of Mr H’s work colleagues gave his old iPad to us because he had bought a new one so we ended up with two. It actually came at quite a good time because we were heading to Hamburg for a long weekend and as we were not sitting altogether on the plane, it meant that we could keep each child entertained separately.
Since then, the boys have had the use of an iPad each and they have somehow gotten into the habit of being allowed to use them every day after school by my mother-in-law and it’s turned into a bit of a problem because they have both become obsessed with it!
It’s all they seem to ask for and it I think it’s getting out of control. They sit there side by side whilst one watches YouTube and the other plays games.
Now I am far from against using technology myself. I work on computers day in, day out as does Mr H but when they are still so little it seems a shame that they just want to sit infront of the tablet for hours on end (if I let them) and not play with their toys or each other.
We have had some major meltdowns (even after having given them a countdown to let them know when to switch off) and I just think it needs to stop.
Last summer we conducted the TV experiment and it made me realise that we didn’t need the TV on all the time as background noise. The boys were, and still are (generally) happy to play and entertain themselves without it. It just seems to be that the iPad has now become the new obsession.
I’m not saying to ban them completely, because they do have benefits and are known to aid childrens learning. I just think that having them every day for an hour or so is too much.
Ideally, I’d like to limit their use to weekends as a treat. Am I being a mean mum if I don’t let them have the iPad every day?
Do you limit your childs tablet screen time? What are your thoughts on me limiting it to weekends only?