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Computer time Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
1st Jan '13

If you allow your child to use the computer (for games), how long do you sloe them to be on it at a time? Does it depend on the type of game? Like, if they were playing an educational game versus just a random game?



Assuming we're talking about a preschool aged child.



Aiden has been playing on the computer lately, just on pbskids games like Super Why and Word World and whatnot. I started setting a timer for an hour of play, then he has to get off.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
1st Jan '13

My 4 yr old is on right now. She has been on since 11am its now 1pm. She is on abcmouse.com.



Normally a time limit, but it depends on what the day is like. Its holidays right now so no time limit. Lol

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
1st Jan '13

I'm a mean, awful lady lol



I make my son earn game time..with good behavior, using manners, sharing with his brother, helping clean up, being self sufficient, ect. He gets 5 minutes per good deed. However, I only give him a set time limit. 20 minutes max.



I should say he got quite obsessive over games, complete with hissy fits, tears, boogers and all. With a time limit he has structure and he doesnt go all bats% crazy when I ask him to stop playing.



Occassionally, when he gets a new game or he has been good or needs distracting.. I will let him play freely. But he usually still freaks lol when he hears the beep when I set a timer, he is good. Positive reinforcement is awesome!

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
1st Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting j0des(+2):</b>" I'm a mean, awful lady lol I make my son earn game time..with good behavior, using manners, sharing ... [snip!] ... But he usually still freaks lol when he hears the beep when I set a timer, he is good. Positive reinforcement is awesome!"</blockquote>




I do the same tho. If my kids act up they don't use it at all. They don't whine to get off tho. Never have either lol

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" My 4 yr old is on right now. She has been on since 11am its now 1pm. She is on abcmouse.com. Normally ... [snip!] ... on abcmouse.com. Normally a time limit, but it depends on what the day is like. Its holidays right now so no time limit. Lol"


Two hours isn't that bad.



I keep hearing about abcmouse, but I've never tried it.

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting j0des(+2):" I'm a mean, awful lady lol I make my son earn game time..with good behavior, using manners, sharing ... [snip!] ... But he usually still freaks lol when he hears the beep when I set a timer, he is good. Positive reinforcement is awesome!"


I don't make him earn it, but I will give him extra time if he's being really good. And if he's not listening or bullying his sister, he won't get to play on it at all.



And I find that the timer helps with getting off too. He used to pitch a fit when I said time was up, but when I did the timer today (first time we used that) he just goes "Okay, time to turn it off"

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
1st Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rain (aka Mama):</b>" Two hours isn't that bad. I keep hearing about abcmouse, but I've never tried it. "</blockquote>




Its awesome you need to pay monthly tho. Its 8.00 or 8.50 a month. Not bad IMO.



She is really good at the games its all learning games. Oh the first time I tried it was 30 day trial but you need to put in a credit card or PayPal account. After the free trial if you don't want to continue you have to tell them, it comes out automatically lol

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Rain (aka Mama):</b>" Two hours isn't that bad. I keep hearing ... [snip!] ... or PayPal account. After the free trial if you don't want to continue you have to tell them, it comes out automatically lol"


That's not too bad since it's educational. I probably spend that much making flash cards and games at home anyway. I'll have to check it out.