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Moms Talk: A TV in a Kid's Bedroom and a Cell Phone in the Backpack?

What do you think about kids using technology?

Moms Talk is Lake Forest Patch’s newest feature in an ongoing effort to connect with local moms and families. We encourage you and your local circle of friends to come together and build an online community of support here at the Patch.

I know I'm like a kid in a candy store when a new gadget hits the market. If it's shiny, sparkly and will make me look cooler while using it, I'm in! But now we have a 2-year-old, Will, running rampant in our house, and nothing is safe. Will uses my cell phone to watch clips of his favorite TV shows or to have a quick chat with his grandma. He already knows how to do the sweeping motion on the screen to view the next picture.

He’s not getting his own cell phone anytime soon, but it’s amazing how quickly he’s caught on! He’s also champing at the bit to play Xbox 360 with his father. He holds a battery-less controller while he watches Dad play.

My husband and I have an ongoing discussion about whether or not our children will get their own TV in their room. I say never. However, we live in such a techie society where computers, televisions and phones are very cool commodities. It's going to be hard to deny our kids these luxuries-turned-necessities.

So: At what age do you purchase a techie gadget just for your kid? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Laura Nott March 02, 2011 at 09:17 PM
We removed the television from my boys' room when they became wii addicts and forgot what a book was. Bad idea from the start.
Kelly St. John March 02, 2011 at 09:42 PM
To be fair, we don't think all technology is bad. My husband, who loves video games & works in the industry, plays xBox with my daughters on the weekends. (Their favorite games are Lego Harry Potter and Lego Star Wars). He happily forwarded me information about a study that found daughters who play video games with their dads are more connected to their families. You can find more info online here... http://www.theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=1483
Heather Birdsell March 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM
That's interesting about the video games making them more connected. It makes sense. I have no problem doing things like video games as a family. It's a fun bonding activity. My husband and I used to play together before kids, and it was fun. Will got a LeapFrog Tag Jr. for Christmas and plays with it a lot. He knows where to click for his sounds and songs. And I can download it to see what he's been learning. I'm just worried about when he grows out of the LeapFrog stuff and wants to play on my computer. He's already in my face when I'm on my laptop and loves Skype-ing with our friends and family.
cheryl March 03, 2011 at 02:48 PM
My daughter is 11 and does not have a tv in her room. I believe that if she has a tv in her rom, she would spend less time with the family and we would loose touch with her. we have a wii, but it is connected to the tv in the family room so we play as a family. She has a cell phone, but I have set the parental controls so she can not access the Internet. We have a single computer in the house and she does get to go on it to paly a game that both she and my husband play, it is a was that they have connected. She is allowed to go online, but only to certain sites and she is definitely not allowed to go on you tube or have a facebook page and we have discussed the reasons that we don't think it is appropriate for a child to have their own facebook and she gets it. Let's face it, these kids are growing up in a technological age that is changing every day, most of them don't even know what a cassette tape or a cd is. They do have to learn about it sometime so they can function in today's society, but I want her to learn it when I think she is ready, not because everybody else has one.
Captain Jerry March 03, 2011 at 06:00 PM
No TV's in their rooms. TV time should be a family passtime, or at least out in the open, on cartoons or whatever so we can watch that they haven't turned it to something inappropriate. My Dad use to say that I could [and did] take anything and everything apart, but putting it back together was another story! My son has inherited this "quality" so no cell phone for him for a while!

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