Im just wondering what are your rules about TV and Computer Time.

United States
September 23, 2007 3:08am CST
Okay as we all know that every single home has their own set of rules. Some are more traditional then others. Also the rules obviously differ depending on the age of the kids. So I am wondering what are your rules for the children in your home for T.V. and the Computer? Also what are the ages for the kids who these rules are set for? In my home the rule is my daughter can watch a bit of T.V. when she gets home from school while she has a snack and relaxes, then we do an hour of homework then she can play. Most of the time we have 1 hour or a little less of homework each night and then we do reading later on before bedtime. The computer rule is she can use the computer for about 45 min before I will have her move on to something else this is normally so I can get work done, as well as so she gets some exercise as well. I dont have any specific time limits set for tv only because this has not been nessessary as of yet. Shes only 5 and would rather be othside with friends or playing. I also keep an eye out on what shes watching which is normally always age approprite, however she likes to watch the parenting channel's labor show so I have recently put a code on that! (EWW) Also she likes to watch the sergory stuff I dont allow her to watch this stuff she gets upset when I make her change it. I know its educational but shes still too young for this in my opinion. So whats the rules in your house and please share any insite into my daughters intrest in these more mature topics. Thanks!
5 responses
• Philippines
24 Sep 07
after my mom passed away i took over her place to my younger siblings...13 and 17.. in our house they are not allowed to use computer unless they have to research on something for school. they can only use it like play games, etc on the weekend computer mainly the internet is such a powerful media they can get and view almost anything .. it's really scary.. they are feeding young minds such negative stuff
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• Japan
23 Sep 07
The one rule I have set is that the kids must ask permission before turning on the TV or computer. That is only allowed after homework is done. Also once the programme they want to watch is over the TV goes off. I find it very annoying if the TV is left on and no one is watching it. Computer time for games is limited to Sunday mornings only. If the kids want to study, or need to research then I allow them time to do that. Actually I think I'm on the computer more than the kids do!!
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• United States
23 Sep 07
Yes I to beleive that I am on the computer more then anyone else, well actually my and my Hubby probably tie, but we both do work from hom too. I also am hereon mylot a lot too. My daughter gets her time to play her disney games but she is pretty good about getting off when I tell her to. I try not to let her play for more the 45 min or maybe 1 hour at a time. thanks for your comment!
@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Well, my kids are 21 and 17 so really there are no rules per se. I make sure my 11 th grader does his homework and is doing well in school and, if so, he is free to use the computer or watch TV until bed time. Obviously the 21 year old, who is preparing to move out to an apartment with a friend, does what he wants around his own schedule. I am always on the computer and the TV is on a lot but I only really watch a few shows. My husband watches every sports show on TV but rarely uses the computer. On a typical night,I will be on the couch on my laptop, my husband will be in his chair watching golf, baseball, football, whatever sports he can find. My 17 year old will be upstairs playing a video game and my 21 year old, if he is home, will be on the computer in another room. Wow, what a detached family. I DO instant message my son from the living room all night if that counts. We're real liberal here now and we just do what we want as long as we get our real work and stuff done. My husband works very hard and I work on the net. My son works in a restaurant and also works on the net doing database work for a good company, and my other son is in high school. So we do what we want around those jobs and duties.
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• United States
23 Sep 07
LOL Its funny how we don't realize ho detached we are until we say it outloud, or type it. But in your case it seems mainly to be due to the age of the children and hey if it works for you guys then GOOD! Specially as long as the 17 year old is doing well in school thats what really matters. Consider your self lucky that he comes home and does his homework because not all 17 year olds actually do tht SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
• United States
24 Sep 07
I don't restrict the TV much. In the summer it is almost always on. Now that school has started they watch whatever they want on the weekends. After school they do their homework and play in their rooms. They used to have a TV and DVD player and could watch a movie after homework but they were abusing the privilege so I took it away. They don't use the computer. They are 7, 6 (in a week) and almost 5 (in about 6 weeks). They pretty much watch whatever they want. They know what is appropriate for them. And we have their favorite channels programmed in so they switch to the list with those stations (disney, nick, abc family, etc). Some of their favorite shows are stuff a lot of parents probably wouldn't let their little kids watch like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Cops, Wildest Police Chases, and other stuff. They also watch PG and PG-13 movies, not just G and have seen a few R rated (depends on the what the R rating is for). One of their favorite movies is Dodgeball (they were just watching it today). They also love anything on the Discovery channels. We love to watch Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs together and sometimes they watch Deadliest Catch. They are sitting down to watch the season premier of Simpson right now with dh so I gotta go.
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@SHAMRACK (8528)
• India
28 Sep 07
Hi, In my house there is no rules we see and use these whenever we get time. If there is any particular programme then I would make sure I will there at time. Family members have their own computer and TV in each bedroom also. So any one can watch what they want to.
• United States
5 Oct 07
Thats nice, I was looking for more or less rules for younger children. But I agree that having multiple t.v's and computers does make things easier with large family's.