Because of the growing internet craze are we neglecting our children?

May 14, 2010 12:39am CST
My son is 4 years old and he complains that recently I am paying less attention to him because of my internet addiction. How many of you agree with this or have gone through this? Any suggestions how to get over this craze?
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
14 May 10
I don't have children of my own, but I've noticed some people that I know who seem to spend an alarming amount of time on the internet even when their children need them and they sometimes see it as a hassle getting off the computer to go do what their children asked or something like that. It's really not a good habit to get into. As the parent, you had children so that you could take care of them, tend to them, and raise them. They shouldn't need to compete for your attention with an inanimate object like a computer, especially when they're at a young age. Sometimes it's really easy to do this without even realizing, though, and I think sometimes you need those little reminders like your son gave you. The best thing to do when you realize this is happening is to start limiting your time on the computer to spend some more time with the children. :) It might be hard at first while you think of all the things you think you need to do online, but it'll get easier over time and your children will definitely appreciate actually being able to spend time with you.
• India
14 May 10
Thanks Phyrre, u gave a constructive suggestion and I am going to follow it.
@Rysonia (310)
• United States
16 May 10
I feel guilty that I don't have as much time to spend with my almost 3 year old as I would like. I don't have a car and the only work I can find is online, so that requires a lot of hours at the computer. Now don't get me wrong, my daughter is definitely not neglected. She gets 6 meals a day, bath every night, she gets changed as needed (but I have had to delay the concept of potty training her until she is more ready for it or I get time management worked out better). If you aren't spending all that time online because you have to, my recommendation would be to try to spend more time with your son.
@macyx11 (29)
• United States
14 May 10
I think this is just something that is naturally occurring. I think the Internet craze is getting younger and younger because now it seems even 5 year olds are getting on the Internet and the computer. I'm not sure if there is way to get over the craze, but setting aside time for the Internet and your son would probably be the best idea.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
14 May 10
I believe many parent have encounter this problem too, those who really addicted to internet will find themself very hard to move away from their computer. Anybody agree with this statement? :) I was like that before this. Not even my son, but my wife also nag me because I use the computer too long and left out some of the housecore. So what I did was, I will only start online when I finish all the housecore, after my kids sleep. I believe by this way, it will be able to help, and your son will not be neglected. So you can give it a try.
@rhodalyn (251)
• Philippines
14 May 10
just have a proper time management.. give more time to your child..then less for surfing the net can enjoy surfing with teach him the basics of operating the computers..children are fast learners..=)