View Poll Results: Weekly Poll: How much time do your kids spend online each day?

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  • My children don't use the Internet

    1 5.88%
  • Less than an hour

    4 23.53%
  • 1-2 hours

    2 11.76%
  • 3-5 hours

    5 29.41%
  • More than 5 hours

    3 17.65%
  • Other (comment below)

    2 11.76%
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    They have unlimited time from 1:30-7:45. Unless we are doing something else. So technically it's probably Other. This totally eliminated them asking all the time to use their devices. It also eliminated any problems with timing, or telling them to put them down. If they don't do their chores they get two verbal warnings and at the third they lose time. Usually from the end of it because it's the most consistent.

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    Right now my older two only get an hour on their kindles where the internet actually works. One steams TV shows and the other watches Minecraft videos on youtube. We don't do any online school at this time.

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    We do not do digital/online school. We are pretty paper-based that way. But if you are asking about anything online, we spend way too much time online. Between YouTube videos, PBS kids and other types of stuff, I think it gets in the way. We generally have no screens in the morning until after breakfast, getting dressed, etc. Then after lunch a little. We have screen free time in the afternoons for a while, then it may have some before dinner, but all screens are done at dinner time.
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    We do most of our education online. Between streaming documentaries, how it's made, educational games, youtube videos, instructables, downloading various cool lego designs, we probably spend 3-4 hours a day even BEFORE he gets his free time.

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    My children are online a lot! So am I. :/ My oldest is in college and takes a lot of online courses. My two high schoolers take most of their courses online, and then the courses I teach, we supplement with online materials. My youngest does most of her lessons with me, but she does have access to online courses too.

    That's not even talking about free time! We have to dial it back every few days and take a break. Get out of the house, silent reading (together), family night with board games, etc.

    It's tough with all the technology calling our names.

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    It varies too much for the poll. Some days very little. Others they do a lot with their screen time. Yesterday and today, ds was running a livestream of some Magic the Gathering Pro Tournament nonstop when he wasn't otherwise engaged. I'm pretty sure that's some sort of peak geekism.
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    We use paper for most academics and online is more like edutainment. ds9 talks on IRC, looks things up on various wikis, plays Minetest and Hedgewars, participates in a few forums, and emails grandparents and siblings.

    My off-the-cuff answer is "WAY TOO MUCH!!!!!!" but it's probably low average for his generation. If he doesn't dawdle, does his work with a good attitude, and has been behaving appropriately online, he has about three hours a day where he has the opportunity to use the internet but might prefer other activities instead.

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    Before 2pm, we only use the computer for educational purposes (the kids do some courses online and some paper-based), after that, the boys are allowed to game, chat, etc. Most afternoons we are out again from about 4-6. In the evenings, screen time (TV or internet) is allowed again.

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    DS and I are both online all day every day. I think we are addicted. DH is also online a lot on his tablet, but he always watches a lot of TV too. DS is also doing distance education online as well, so as long as he gets his lessons done for the day, he is free to do whatever online. He mostly watches and listens to other youtubers who play games. DS also plays Minecraft, OSU and other MMORPG games online as well. He chats to them by typing. I refuse to buy him a headset with a mike so that he can talk to them. I dont think I will allow him to actually talk to his friends online until he is 16. He turns 15 this year.

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