Kids and Gadgets: What Parents Have to Say

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Kids and Gadgets: What Parents Have to Say

How do parents strike a balance when it comes to technology and their kids?

Do you remember when we were kids and we played with toys that helped us learn the alphabet, start to form words, count, and even play music? Do you remember afternoons after waking from a nap, playing with the neighbors’ kids and going home sweaty and exhilarated, ready to do the day’s school homework?

Today’s parents would say “yes.”

Today’s kids…we’re not so sure.

They say that kids now learn to operate a gadget even before they learn to tie their shoelaces. Some find it cute while others find it alarming. Some say that us parents need to flow with the times, and this is the age of technology. It’s better to have a child that can catch up rather than one left behind.

Others want their children to remain kids tech-free until exposure to technology is absolutely necessary and inevitable.

What do YOU think?

We rounded up some parents and we asked if they allow their kids to use gadgets and why.

Here's what they have to say:

“I encourage my son to play with toys and his friends more. iPads, iPhone apps, and video games seem to make kids very impatient and inattentive. So, as much as possible, [I let him use them only on] weekends.”
- Tracy Dizon

“For school work, yes. For fun and entertainment, NO! I find that when they do gaming on their gadgets they become more irritable and more difficult to handle. I also want them to learn to entertain themselves without the help of electronics — TV included. I encourage them to draw, paint, read...be rambunctious and bounce around.”
- Pearl Garland Mendia

“For learning, yes, but not for entertainment. And we try to limit exposure — before, it was one hour a day; now it's one hour a week. She usually only goes on BrainPop. No TV, too.”
- Alyanna Ercilla

“During travel, when there's no other way to keep them occupied, yes. Reading causes too much eyestrain while in the car, and participative play is too distracting for the driver (me). At home, we try to limit their exposure. We let them play with creative toys or draw.”
- Niky Tamayo

“I allow them to play but only an hour per day, and only after doing their homework. They have a bonus of one hour when they do household chores during the weekend. They've got to learn how to work for what they want.”
- Nichole Dizon-Austria

“Yes. Not so much on games, though — mostly educational videos.”
- Jennette Rosero-Baniaga

“Yes. At first I didn't want to. But then I noticed he was learning a lot from it. And with me working in digital, I can't help but use my gadgets in front of him so [he eventually got curious]. I limit the use during weekends, though.”
- Patty Ramirez

“Only on weekends. We're trying to get them hooked on real books first. Once they become nerds and bookworms, they can have more iPad time. We also have a strict rule of NO IPAD at the dinner table. We would like to talk, have conversation, like a family.”
- Ina Amor-Mejia

“I let my son, but limited. His generation is full of gadgets already that he has to learn how to operate it. But I make sure he reads books, paint, play with me and his playmates, too...It should be balanced and [there should be] proper guidance.”
- Apol Sean

“Yes. Before there was no limit but now Peewee (7 years old) self regulates. He gets bored with iPads, game consoles, and computers. So his typical playtime is 10 minutes on the iPad or computer, then 30 minutes on the game console, then 20 minutes reading, and then 30 minutes amusing his baby sister Georgiana.”
- Ingrid Migallos-Pena

“We let our kids watch TV, play outside with the other kids, bike, catch grasshoppers or dragonflies, play with their toys, do arts and crafts, watch me when I tinker, we take them to the grocery, or to watch a movie, and so on...The gadgets are available for them to play any time, as much as they want, but somehow, it's not a preferred activity.

Of course, when it's time to study, they know they'd better get to it. Somehow they understand who's boss!

Spare the rod, spoil the child...So true, even if you actually only have to use the rod at the start, with occasional 'reminders' now and again.”
- Carl Decloedt

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