Computer, Smart Phone, Ipad: Real Moms' Rules For Kids and Tech

Real parents' tips on how they safely help their tots turn techie (20 Photos)

Kathy Ehrich Dowd on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:01AM

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What Are the Tech Rules in Your House?

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a Kathy Ehrich Dowd on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:23PM

From porn to pervs to everything in between, there’s a lot online to seriously freak parents out — not to mention the loss of outside play and face-to-face conversation. Yet learning to use a computer in this increasingly digital age is critical (not to mention impossible to avoid). So what kind of rules should well-meaning parents set for computer time? For guidance, we consulted parents just like you who shared these tips for making sure their kids get their computer fix, without giving you a coronary in the process.


Computer Time is Earned

“Joshua has to earn his time on the computer/video games. If he does want to use the computer, I sit right there with him. Usually it's chores, like take out the trash, vacuum, things like that. Occasionally I will give him extra time for good deeds (i.e...helping someone with something, or just being extra nice.)” –joshndansmom (via the iVillage forums)

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