Recently, CNBC estimated Half of U.S. Adults Now Own Tablet or Smartphone according to a survey of 9513 adults. Based on my experience, there are also children with smart mobile devices such as the IPod Touch.
I amazed at the extraordinary amounts of time attached and interacting with smart mobile devices: messaging, searching, games, apps, etc.
A long time ago, I decided not to install games on my computer because I knew I would spend too much time playing them since I loved to play video games. My new concern is for our daughter. I already see some of her friends constantly near their IPod Touch. I definitely don't want her addicted to this smart mobile device.
Here's what we've done so far:
- Limit use of the IPod Touch. First she must complete her other responsibilities, e.g. homework, cleaning up after dinner, before using the device. Second, she only can use it for a limited time. The exception to this rule is when we're travelling. Then she is allowed to use the device during the entire time in the car.
- Password protected by parents. To prevent use outside of the acceptable times, the IPod Touch has a parental password protection.
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