iPad? i Don't Know....
Oh Oh! Look out kids. A new study this week says your surfing time is coming to a screeching halt, that line has an entire different meaning in Malibu, but I’m talking about the Internet.
The American academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement this week that will either anger or have parents rejoicing.
I do know the parents that consider the Ipad a baby sitter or a form of relief on long plane or car trips with kids, many use it for the same thing for some quiet time for themselves at home.
They claim that children should be limited to less than two hours of entertainment based screen time per day, I say good luck, most kids spent some eight hours plus on their phones, computers and X-box games.
Just wander through an airport or gaze at a restaurant table and usually 60% of people are using their phones to text or surf rather than talking while waiting for their meal it’s quite astounding.
There are more than a few cases of kids that consume up to 11 hours of different kinds of media in a day and text away the rest, if you do the research you will find kids between the ages of 13 to 17 send an amazing 3,364 texts per month (hopefully free).
Another real problem is the growing number of creeps and stalkers on the internet that kids are also prey too, usually people using fake accounts and a fake identity often middle aged men.
Then we go deeper into the suicide rates that have been escalating here in Canada and south of the border because of online bullying, Facebook is having a really hard time dealing with this and how to police it.
Almost everyone has a cell phone and its often the parents that are as much to blame as the kids, my brother Marty is all consumed with information and often has two tablets and a phone to check in a hotel lobby, so the kids follow in the family footsteps.
They say the best way to get this started in no screen time for children under two years of age, whoops there goes sponge bobs career and babysitting is back.
Parents should also monitor what kids are watching and set rules when kids don’t answer the dinner bell or let homework slip.
They also say to keep an eye on any accounts they have especially if you notice your child becoming withdrawn and unhappy, many of these lead to bullying on line and you could be headed for real problems.
The other recommendation is a biggy, no Internet in their bedrooms, hard one to do if you have already granted that privilege, I see a fight coming cause if your kid is 15 or 16 you know what they are probably hitting up on google.
Psychologists and counselors agree that something must change in the future or we will create Internet zombies and many incapable of carrying on face-to-face interactions when family time is cut to nearly nil.
I long for the good old days when e had crazy things like road hockey and families talked at dinner. Wonder if they’ll ever return?