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Controlling your kids time with technology

I’m sure we’ve all seen a child as young as two pick up an iPad or a smartphone and navigate their way around it with ease.  While technology is a natural part of many children’s lives, they do need adult guidance about how much screen time they should have. Many online games are designed to be […]

By Katrina RoeFriday 20 Sep 2013Hope MorningsParentingReading Time: 1 minute

I’m sure we’ve all seen a child as young as two pick up an iPad or a smartphone and navigate their way around it with ease.  While technology is a natural part of many children’s lives, they do need adult guidance about how much screen time they should have. 

Many online games are designed to be addictive to children – with loud electronic music, flashing colours and systems of rewards, children are drawn back to play again and again.  Boys in particular may be susceptible to addiction withdrawal when their devices are removed.  They may become irritable, withdrawn and even aggressive when their toys are taken away.

Dr Arne Rubinstein is a former GP specialising in Adolescent Health and is the author of The Making of Men.  He says he has seen signs of online addiction in boys as young as 5.  Dr Rubinstein compares online gaming to eating sweets.  He says parents need to be responsible for just how much their children consume.

Audio – Dr Rubinstein gives some good advice about how you can keep your kids’ screen time under control.