If there’s one thing I’m at constant war with in my home, it’s the television. Ideally I love it when it’s turned off, but most of the time I’ll admit that I need it out of necessity. Like most moms, I’ll use it as a free babysitter so I can get things done around the house, although I’m not very proud of that admission.
But still, dinner has to get done somehow, right?
For me it’s a battle when it comes to technology because while I know my children are going to need the iPad and the Internet to help them do school research and homework, I still try to put limits on their screen time. Heck, I’ll even go as far as saying that I’ve felt embarrassed for putting supposedly cute Instagram pictures of my kids in front of their tablets online when I know it’s not the right thing for me to do parenting-wise.
I don’t think it would be right for me to forbid them electronic use altogether, but too much isn’t healthy either. Actress and celebrity mom Megan Fox thinks much differently, as she’s trying to ban television, computers, and cell phone use from her two children, Noah, 2, and Bodhi, 4 months, altogether.
In a new interview with Parents magazine, Fox says that while she allows her children to watch movies, she doesn’t like the overstimulation they get from commercials and television programs.
I do let them watch movies, I just don’t let them watch TV. With movies I feel like there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s linear. There’s a clear story. I think that it’s different than just putting a kid in front of the television, because it’s just nonstop. They’re just being bombarded with all this sort of live media and it’s very overwhelming and it’s too stimulating I think for anyone. I don’t watch television because it’s just too much and overwhelms me.
While I totally agree with Fox here, I do think it might be hard to keep my children off of the computer until they reach their teenage years, although that is her plan. While she doesn’t sound very Draconian with her ban, it doesn’t seem very realistic given today’s technology-driven age. She adds: “My intention is to keep it away as long as possible or to introduce it through Apple TV so they’re not being exposed to the commercials constantly. My goal is no computer, no cell phones until at least eighth grade.”
Plus, it’s always easy to say you’ll enforce certain bans when your children are still babies, right?
Tell us Babble readers, what do you think? How much television and Internet use is “too much”? Do you think we should ban technology use from our children altogether or just set limitations in order to find a happy medium in our households?
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