I have a love/hate relationship with technology, one the one hand I love it for myself, on the other I'm not so keen for my son. He loves watching television and he's recently asked for something to play games on for his birthday. He's really gotten into angry birds after watching the film and playing the game on those stupid tablets they put in at McDonalds. (Yes, I'm that bad parent that takes her child to McDonalds)
Even in school they have supervised access to computers and ipads in reception, I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. Maybe a little wouldn't hurt?
I'll admit I did buy him a Kindle for Christmas a few years back and he has taken really good care of it, plus it's not something that he constantly asks for. The one thing I would like to try and avoid throughout his life is a gaming addiction, it's becoming a real problem amongst children with the likes of Fortnite ect.
I remember the time my dad came home after being away for work for four months, it was the longest he had been away from the Army and he bought us all gameboys. I think that made him dad of the year, we loved them. Did we become addicted? No, we still had plenty of time for other things and my dad definitely got his money's worth.
So I've been toying with the idea of letting him have a Nintendo 2DS on the condition that he isn't allowed to be on it constantly. Like I said he's very good with Kindle so hopefully he won't be glued to this. I don't have a problem with the DS consoles, It's the bigger ones like Playstation and Xbox I don't want him to discover, those things can cause addictions in young children and teenagers. I will do everything I can to keep it out of my house, I wonder what will be around in 5 years or so.
I'm broken a lot of parenting rules that I had when pregnant, perhaps I was naive. However, I have kept the most important ones. Which include, not too much junk food, plenty of time outside and encourage a love of reading. Given the choice he would be outside 24/7, he loves doing different things.
While I haven't 100% decided if he will get it for his birthday I don't feel so bad as long as he understands that there are rules and the second I see it's taking over his life I'll be taking it out of the home.