In our circles, I am the last hold-out for not allowing video games. My kids have done a few here and there with friends by my 10-year-old is really pushing for minecraft, all his friends have it and wi's and ipods. We don't have TV but they netflix/stream stuff a few times a week and he does robotics and bridge building and stuff like that on the computer. He recently got an mp3 so he can have his music. While downloading songs some porn images came up. That was a discussion I wish I never had to have but I'm glad we were together. They've also done some learning games that all seem to eventually turn into the same mindlessness. His brother and sister who just turned 8 want to follow in his footsteps in whatever the older does.
I worry about too much screen time and the way it affects my kids after (they get edgy and whacky after just watching a tv program) because they are not used to a lot of screen time. I feel like as soon as I open the can of worms of video games there will be no turning back. Everywhere we go (like gymnastics, hockey, library, the grocery store) kids are being supervised by electronic devices. I worry about that. I really worry about unlimited access to the internet. And it's just plain hard being the meanest Mom when it comes to video games. Parenting is hard (and unschooling is hard) and sometimes I wonder, what would it be like to have all three kids happily on their own ipods? Peace?
Anyone else share these concerns?
Think I'm being too strict?
What's your family policy?
thank you for your recommendation. :) I've just purchased the book.