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Should parents limit the time children spend on electronic devices?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

Most people would probably agree that spending too much time on electronic devices is bad for children. Many parents restrict device usage to certain days or set a limit of how long a child can spend on these devices each day. Devices such as the iPad offer parental controls which allow children to use the device for a set amount of time meaning that the parent doesn’t have to tell the child when they have to stop using it as it will automatically stop working when the time has expired.

Some parents take a more relaxed approach and let their children use these devices whenever they want with the hope that they will eventually get bored of them and decide to stop using them of their own accord. Some also argue that when you restrict things from children it makes them more exciting which results in the child wanting them even more.

Questions

  • What are the negative effects of excessive use of electronic devices on children?
  • What are the benefits of children playing with electronic devices?
  • Is it better to set limits on usage or leave children free to use them whenever they want? Why?
  • Should the amount of time children can use electronic devices depend on their age?
  • Do you think children should be given electronic devices to play with as a present for good behaviour?
  • What time limits (if any) do you think would be appropriate for children?
    • How would these time limits change as the child gets older?

Key Vocabulary

  • Device noun
  • Electronic adjective
  • Limit noun
  • Automatically adverb
  • Parental adjective
  • Spend verb
  • Depend verb
  • Approach noun
  • Relaxed adjective
  • Own accord idiom
  • Argue verb
  • Restrict verb
  • Behaviour noun

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