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srufolo1
srufolo1
11/23/2016 6:11:50 PM
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Re: Netflix
@vnewman Moderation, I guess, is key. There's no way of preventing what technology has created. These children are living in a different world. Again, everyone staring down at mobile phones and not interacting in the real world is impersonal and cold. The other day in the store there was a mother and teen-age daughter walking together. Both were staring down at their phones and texting, and they practically bumped right into me. I guess it's to the point where now the children and their parents both grew up with computers, laptops and mobile phones. 

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vnewman
vnewman
11/23/2016 12:40:51 PM
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Re: Netflix
I feel like a little TV or Internet isn't going to kill anyone - everything in moderation.  I went to college with a girl who never watched any TV at all - ever.  She regularly failed to "get" a lot of cultural references people made.  I don't think that's good either.  

I also recently met a family whose 3 year-old son spoke volumes and sounded like an adult.  I asked how they did it - they told me he watched an obscene amount of TV, but all "educational shows."  I think every individual is different...especially at that young age.  

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elizabethv
elizabethv
11/23/2016 7:51:30 AM
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Netflix
I definitely agree with this. Kids use electronic devices becuase their parents use them and they are available. My 4-year-old is capable of using both tablets we have in the house. And he's never really watchied a show on regular cable television (except when we've been on vacation.) This means he doesn't know what channel anything is on, but he can tell you if the show he wants to watch is on Netflix or Amazon in a heart beat.                                                                                                                         

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Ariella
Ariella
11/22/2016 2:54:26 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@srufolo1 Kids woudl be better off playing with Colorforms at that age now. In general, pediatricians recommend a cap on screen time -- including all devices-- for young children and no screen time for babies under two. Yet parents just stick them in front of the television for hours on end to not have to deal with them. My daughter babysits for a kid who still doesn't talk or even make the standard babbling noises at 20 months. He is regularly planted in front of the TV. Though he does get speech therapy, that hour or two a week cannot make up for so many hours of passivity with no direct human interaction to encourage and motivate speech.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
11/21/2016 4:12:38 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
And, more important, how did Ofcom research children that young? Obviously the kids in Britain must be more advanced than they are here. Aren't kids still in diapers at that age, and over there they're watching videos on the Internet? And children around 5 with their own Internet devices and laptops. I was lucky to have Colorforms at these ages. My, how the world has changed! This research was eye-opening in more ways than one for me!!

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freehe
freehe
11/19/2016 9:02:16 PM
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UK Kids Watching TV
I think it is sad that 3 and 4 year old spend that much time watching tv. The first 5 years are the most formative as far as learning and development and if even 10% of that time is spent watching television that reduces the amount of learning and development that could occur.

Kids have plenty of time to learn about distractions, more time should be focused on education and learning.

 

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Ariella
Ariella
11/18/2016 2:02:05 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@vnewman good question! It would be interesting to also get feedback on why parents did or did not agree to get children smartphones, as well as at what age they think it is a necessity, and if they gave in to their chidlren's experssions of peer pressure or not.

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vnewman
vnewman
11/18/2016 1:32:59 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@Ariella - thanks so much for shaing.  That truly surprises me!  I wonder what the contributing factors could be.  There's clearly a cultural phenonmenon at work - I just can't put my finger on what it could be outside of a percentage of US parents holding out because of the touted dangers of smartphones and the UK has a more liberal attitude about it?

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Ariella
Ariella
11/17/2016 8:38:17 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@Adi Indeed, I recently heard a speaker give a talk on the topic, and she delivered the same talk, somewhat modified to fit the audience in the college where I have kids enrolled. For both she remarked on seeing families out together in restaurants when every single one of them is looking at his/her device rather than at each other. One also sees that kind of things with couples and friends walking togehter. Her message was you should be "in the moment" and mindful of what you are doing and with whom right now.

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Adi
Adi
11/17/2016 8:22:11 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
Yes, the "but everyone else has it" argument. Can't say I never pulled that one as a kid, though obviously smartphones weren't an option. I suppose every generation has it's own new technologies, and there's concerns about children's development. But its hard to see how face-to-face human interaction can avoid becoming less engaged as multitasking with smartphones and apps becomes normal even when people are with friends.

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