PHONES & KIDS

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obviously letting your child play games on your phone is worse than injecting them with pure crack, but Toca makes some really cool games that seem just right for a 3-year-old, so fuck the haters

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 March 2012 15:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I let the girls use Kids Doodle on my HTC but I don't have any games installed. I'd prefer them to draw and create things than play games or solve puzzles - not because there's no value in the latter because clearly there is - but from an entirely selfish PoV I anticipate fewer tantrums if they're just making a picture.

Michael Jones, Friday, 9 March 2012 10:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh, and we have Video Night on Thursdays where, instead of bedtime books, we watch something on YouTube on the phone. A Harry Potter Lego adventure or a pop video (Sparks on SNL in 1979 got SO many airings) or a cartoon or smthng.

Michael Jones, Friday, 9 March 2012 10:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Hannah (10) has a phone now - third hand - but no sim card, Joel has had a functional one since he started secondary school. Phones suck imo but I am all too acutely aware that I am a grumpy, senile old git.

Nultified Ancients of Man U (Noodle Vague), Friday, 9 March 2012 11:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Yep, both kids have one so that they can "contact us in emergencies", yeah...

Except every time we need to contact them...

Mark G, Friday, 9 March 2012 11:26 (four years ago) Permalink

ok so i've done a full 180 on the phone thing, every day is a constant barrage of demands to use my phone, fuck this shit 2x

think i'm going with the "game night" idea, which also seems like a good way to learn about days of the week and...... waiting and being patient

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:10 (four years ago) Permalink

though one of the positives has been that it's made me realize how much i check/use my phone, because EVERY TIME i do, i hear "daddy, can i play a game on your phone?"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:11 (four years ago) Permalink

game night = success

much less 242x7 whining as well

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 March 2012 17:32 (four years ago) Permalink

i mean 24x7

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 March 2012 17:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I had the same problem with my guitar..

Me: "Strum strum"
Amber(or)Alice: "OK, my turn now!"

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:49 (four years ago) Permalink

our solution to that was to get him a cheap ukelele, which he totally ignores now obviously

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:10 (four years ago) Permalink

snap:

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:21 (four years ago) Permalink

nm.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:23 (four years ago) Permalink

boy, 13, has a phone which is rarely charged and never used. pointless.
girl #1, 11, has a phone which is constantly in use and we have had talks about midnight facebooking.
girl #2, 9, doesn't want one. saying that though, she does an ipod touch which she uses for email & facetime so long as she's on a wifi connection.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:40 (four years ago) Permalink

you have a 13 year old boy who doesn't care about playing games on a phone??

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:41 (four years ago) Permalink

ha! he does have an ipod too... but also he's into things like Civ and Europa Universalis ie strategy games that don't translate well to a small screen.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:45 (four years ago) Permalink


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