Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Bit of Ridiculousness

solely in my opinion of course and I always feel opinionated around my birthdays...

A little blurb I read in Better Homes and Gardens:

The average teenager spends practically every waking minute outside of school using a smartphone, computer, television, or other electronic device. So says the Kaiser Family Foundation , which found that children ages 8-18 used such devices for more than seven and a half hours a day. That's why we were so excited to hear about GetNoodles. This free new educational software program interrupts kids' Web surfing, texting, blogging, you name it, with pop-ups that ask grade-appropriate questions in subjects ranging from geometry to German. Kids have to answer correctly to get back to their computer activities.

They really find that exciting? What about just setting time limits? How about handing them a book to read? What about sending them outside or having them play a sport? I can think of a lot better ways to curb electronic time than giving them electronic quizzes.

6 comments:

Ashlee said...

What? Actually telling your kid no? What a crazy idea!

Anne said...

How about tell them their room needs to be clean and their instrument practiced before they can get on? It's amazing how fast mine find other things to do if I'm consistent with that.....

tawnajacobs said...

Wow. That's pretty ridiculous...

Sharon said...

Wow. What a fabulous idea! Seriously! What a great means of indoctrination.

>now taping my mouth shut<

Nan said...

Ugh.

Michele said...

Sometimes, I never cease to be amazed.