Lets Be Honest Mamas: Technology Use with Kids
We are continuing with the Honest Motherhood Series this month with a lovely group of moms to all discuss the same topic from different perspectives. Last month it was Sleep, this month it is Technology use with Kids. Hannah from the hannahreneeblog.com put together this list of questions and I personally can't wait to read the rest of the girls perspectives.
Do you have an opinion on technology use with kids? Do you worry about being on your phone too much around your babies?
Yes! I honestly think about this every single day. I think this topic can be super hard to talk about. Ideally we were those people before kids that said "We will not be letting Olive watch tv" But here we are almost 2 years in and we let Olive watch shows. We both work from home and sometimes nap time isn't enough to get all of my work done. So she will watch a show while I work or get a few things done like make dinner!
What age did you or will you allow your kids to play with your phone, iPad, etc.? Do you restrict what they do on it? Will you buy them their own tablet?
So Olive is a little small for this but we let her start playing a game on my phone around 11 months I believe. We only pulled it out while we were on the airplanes or long car rides and it was a farm game about animal noises. Super easy to use, with just one click and she understood it really well. We haven't downloaded any other games but If we do keep traveling as much as we did last year I could see us downloading more games on our family iPad and letting her play or watch a show while traveling long distances.
At this point and time I do not want my kids to have their own tablet or computer. It just opens up to many doors to too many things.
At what age did you (or do you plan to) let your kids watch tv and for how much time per day? Certain tv shows/channels?
Around a year Olive would actually show interest in shows. We have a few movies we allow her to watch. I am personally VERY sensitive to movies and very careful about what she watches. Just because its a Pixar movie and everyones obsessed with it doesn't mean ill let her watch it. For instance I let her watch a new movie we were testing out and Austin walked in the room and was like this movie is AWFUL, and so dark. I was right there but doing something and I was like whoa your right... so now even though all of our friends watch that movie we don't.
Again, I think this topic is so hard because of the day and age we live in. There are so many mixed messages getting sent out in movies its hard to stay on top of it. But I want to always protect my children innocence. So if I have to be that mean mom who won't allow my kids to go see this or that... I'm okay with it.
Currently we watch a show in the morning and one in the afternoon. I try to limit the screen time to a max of 2 hours but some days we only watch 30 minutes of it. When we are out of town we dont watch any tv and it's always so nice. We will be moving our TV downstairs here in the 2 months and I can't wait to get it out of the main room. Out of sight out of mind!
What are your/your babe’s favorite tv shows and movies? Are you concerned with the message it teaches and do you restrict any shows in particular?
Sesame Street is a easy win in our home! Finding Dori & Finding Nemo are innocent and funny. Storks is a new one we recently have been watching, I have a small issue with this movie but 99.9% of it is clean and fun. Our all time favorite is SING! We can watch that movie all day and I love how its all about singing and being true to yourself and passions. We also like the older disney princess movies.
There is a handful of shows I'd rather Olive not watch so we dont. We just like to keep it simple and turn on a few that we trust. It helps that we don't have cable. We just have Netflix, HBO GO, Starz and then we buy movies from iTunes. I'm sure as she gets older this will be harder to keep track of but it is super important to us what we allow in our homes and cultivate in the atmosphere so I don't see myself letting up anytime soon.
If you do not use iPad/iPhones as entertainment/distractions while out, what types of activities, toys, explanations do you use?
We try our best not to let the TV be the first thing we reach for so instead I've been taking out a few new puzzles I've had stored away in our basement. Olive loves puzzles and figuring out where things go. So puzzles and coloring will keep her occupied. On the plane rides I've been buying sticker books for a few bucks and you'd be surprised how much time 600 stickers can waist! She really likes to be played with. So sometimes Ill try to set up blocks and play with her and then sneak away to work, but it doesn't always work out well and thats when a show gets put on.
When we are at restaurants she does pretty well with sitting as long as we dont make her sit right away. We pretty much just play with her until the food comes and then she'll sit and eat with us. There has been a few times we pulled out youtube to try and get her to sit while we talk but usually it doesn't work. She just wants to explore like any toddler does, so we try not to set huge expectations on eating out and take turns walking around and playing with her if she just can't sit still.
Make sure to check out the rest of the mama perspectives below!
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com