Under 5’s Watching More Online Video Than Ever Before

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  • #19242

    Dominic Hayhoe
    Keymaster

    75% of children under 5 now have access to a tablet or smartphone, according to a new study.

    Childwise, a leading specialist in research with children, surveyed 1000 parents about their under 5’s screen time habits.

    The research also revealed that most 3, 4 and 5 year-olds had their own tablet or PC.

    How much do you let your little one’s use electronic devices?

  • #19254

    Phil Scollen
    Participant

    My son is 3 in a week and watches video’s on his tablet, it is becoming more of a daily basis now but he watches a variety of things such as dinosaur songs and educational video’s such as counting etc. (he used to watch paw patrol on mine to start with). He basically loves anything that has dinosaurs or animals in so its a good way of keeping him occupied during more settled times of the day (mornings or after lunch).

    I don’t see any harm in it, really I can’t see any difference between that and putting kids in front of the TV, it just holds their focus a bit more than having the TV on in the background. As long as they have a parental lock and you can keep an eye on what they are watching!

  • #19294

    My son is 3, he will have 30 minutes in the morning on his tablet while my husband gets ready for work, when they’re ready, they will sit and play with toys before our son goes to nursery. He will then about 30/45 minutes when I get home from work and getting dinner ready.

    The TV is on, but most of the time he is playing with toys, watching his other daddy paint, up the garden with us or running around. He no longer has naps, but will have a little down time with the tv, this is generally with Blippi from YouTube.

    We agree TV is not the best solution, but I don’t see it as harm as long as it’s restricted and monitored. There are plenty for kids to be doing, but a lot of it down to parents either having the time, due to having to work full time, or parents being lazy and not interacting with their kids.

  • #19839

    LJ Greer
    Participant

    I’m keeping the boys limited on them for now.
    Only reason being I want them interacting with guests when they come around or go somewhere.
    At same time I enjoy the bonding time and attempting to show them new things.
    With winter setting in then this will get a bit more lack at same time keeping eye on usage.

  • #20479

    Kim
    Participant

    we use it as a last resort. difficult car journeys, aeroplane etc. Hes not 2 yet, and it is such a small amount he watches at the moment.

    I don’t want to rely on it as his cousin is inconsolable when he is asked to come eat for example. His dad wants to smash the tablet!

  • #20502

    Duncan
    Moderator

    My eldest has a tablet that he can use but no online video on it. The only time he gets you tube is when we are going round the supermarket so very minimal hours.

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