However, we are returning back to a very cold and dark UK this week and I know that this will mean that the boys are going to want to use their screens again. Part of me knows that this is just due to the dark nights and cold, but part of me really wishes I had the guts to got screen free.
It is really hard for me to know what to think of screens and electronic time and I am aware of the fact that I spend my day working in front of a PC and I do not want to be hypocritical with the do as I say not as I do quote, but I am also aware that this is the first generation with such access to the internet etc.
So we do have some very basic rules:
- No screens after 6pm
- No aggressive games
- No screens if you have been bad
- No screens at dinner or any other social time.
- No screens in anyone's bedrooms
- Total honesty on what you are viewing
The boys have access to computers and screens at school and during golden time on a Friday afternoon are allowed to play games such as educational horse game for kids and monshi monsters or even Bin weavels.
Mostly they go on educational websites during school hours or BBC bitesized and I know that there computer access is supervised at school.
It is much harder at home due to the nature of devises to keep an eye on what they are accessing, but we have tried to make sure that we are aware of what they are doing and we also discuss things such as internet bulling at home and agree that they can not have access to Facebook etc until they are in their teens and even then that I will have access to their accounts.
What are your thoughts?