READERS DISCUSS: Time limits for TV and gaming for children
THE Morning Bulletin readers shared their tips for getting kids outdoors and away from screens.
Sharon Dengate: I can't beleive you seriously have to ask this? As a parent YOU are the captain of the ship! You simply turn the tv off, you say hop in the car and off you go! I'm a sole parent of 3 girls and that never stopped me taking them camping, fishing, to the park, to the beach, on long drives, exploring, bowling, skating or to the movies etc.
Thomas Waerner: Get off the couch yourself! No good telling the kids to go out and play and then sit down and do nothing yourself.
Kel Johnston: My kids only get to watch TV if their chores are done and they only get to play their games on the weekend. We get out and ride horses, guitar lessons and good old fashioned play.
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Byron Taylor: Taking them to friends places having a fire and games, going for outings to the park or zoo, or better yet, engage them in an active sport.
Ainsley Hutchings: I understand having all the rules but seriously if their own parent is using technology can you really blame the child? Sometimes the children need prompting or a play mate.
Renee Cullen: Time limits and also no games Monday - Thursday and if there is any fights about the timed games they will lose a day on it. It works as they don't play for long and they end up outside then back in again.
Justine Harrison: Make the outside more fun. if you teach them young, its no issue as they get older!
Leonard Walker: Take them bush camping. Once they see the millions of stars at night they won't want to watch television again.
Kryssie Thomo: My children know Mon - Thu the tv doesn't go on. When my husband is on days off I never see them they are always his shadow out side and in the shed "fixing " When it's just me and three they have chores and homework and if there's no tv you procrastinate by riding your bike and running a muck in the yard til dark.
Awhina J Williams: Get out with your kids and kick the ball around or ride bikes! When they are out there trying to entertain themselves they get bored and come back inside. Beaches and parks are the best for kids to play.
Karyn Battersby: We have TFD's. (technology free days) every Tuesday and Thursday, no technology, no TV. I'm about to instigate a system where they get 30 mins screen time for every 5000 steps or 30 minutes of activity on the other days. I recently learned that Kids between 5 and 12 should be doing 60 minutes of vigorous activity a day.Spelling and grammar as originally posted.