We have a lot of technology in our house. Now as a disclaimer, I should let you know that we own an electronics shop and therefore get our technology at wholesale prices and it's handy to know about technology so we can sell it well in the shop. Let's have a quick look at what we have (I'm scared...):
- One 50" plasma TV upstairs in the loungeroom
- One 64cm CRT TV downstairs in the rumpus
- Playstation 3 upstairs (with Play TV to record TV shows) which doubles as our Blu-Ray DVD player
- Wii (usually upstairs)
- Playstation 2 downstairs
- two iPhone 4's
- iPod Touch
- two desktop PC's (one for hubby, one that doesn't really work anymore)
- laptop (mine!)
- netbook (Video Boy's)
- plus assorted digital cameras, video printers, mp3 players, hard drives with videos on them, amplifier, and enough assorted cables to open an electronics store!
Now while I've been trying to embrace a more "unschool" approach to our learning, I wouldn't go so far to say that we gone completely radical unschool. While I am trying to say "yes" more often, my hubby is still probably more toward the authoritative end of the parenting spectrum. The amount of time Video Boy spends playing video games and watching YouTube videos about video games bothers him.
I talked to Video Boy about limits. He agreed that he often lost track of time and found it hard to stop playing/watching. I mentioned Computer Time that a fellow blogger had recommended. He said he would like that and actually nagged me to set it up. So, now he has a set time he can go on, a limited time in one sitting, a set time to finish up - he likes knowing in advance what the boundaries are.
Except hubby changed the boundaries! Yesterday after not seeing Video Boy all morning, he found him under his covers with the netbook. He wasn't happy - 11am, no breakfast, not dressed, no teeth cleaned. All hell broke loose - and much temper-losing from hubby and tears from Video Boy ensued. A "screen-free day" was declared by hubby! (now - personally - I don't care what time VB gets up or if he wants to spend the day in his jammies - especially during holidays. But it bugs the crap out of hubby).
And so - Screen Free Day it was!
|A game of Zeuss on the Loose!|
|Constructing and demonstrating Marble Run|
|Learning and playing Go|
|Lots of piano practice for Wombat Girl|
|Playing with cardboard boxes and (long forgotten) kitchen equipment|
|Getting outside on the Zoingo Boingos and bikes|