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Published on June 21st, 2019 | by voxx

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TV and Technology

Screen time. It’s a sour subject in my house. See, four years ago I had these plans to be the perfect parent… Yeah well, that didn’t last very long. I started messing up within the first 48 hours of giving birth…

There seems to be a huge divide between those who allow their children limited screen time and those who choose free flow. I certainly see the importance of monitoring what is watched on the screen; my parental controls are set to show no content over the age of three, and yet I can get past them with a bit of fiddling. My own personal rule is that Diego can have the screen for as long as it’s entertaining him, as long as I can see and hear what he is watching and that it is certified as universal.

At the moment that isn’t too much of a problem anyway as he has a very short attention span. He’s only interested in technology if he thinks he can’t have it. When Diego gets it he barely makes it through a full cartoon episode before he’s handing it back to me and finding something else to do. Reverse psychology.

If nothing is entertaining Diego then the tea isn’t going to cook itself and I’d feel like stamping my own feet on the floor right alongside him. If he started kicking off whilst I was trying to get my jobs done then I think I’d just give up. There is only so much sanity I have left and it’s the bare minimum.

So there you have it. Confessions of a tired mum of one. Not monitoring screen time and just secretly praying I’m not damaging my child. Slightly worried, slightly playing ignorant, slightly just hoping for the best.

- By Boneata Bell


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