posted on May, 24 2011 @ 06:12 PM
Ok, this thread has made me angry!!
For a start if you look at the source properly, you would notice that the study was done in ESSEX UK yet straight away people are blaming America?
I have two children. I feed them a healthy, balanced diet and make sure they are active. My five year old boy absolutely LOVES his computers and has
been computer literate since he was three. He can surf the web, write Emails, and search google earth. He can upload and download. He also plays on
our playstation3, a Wii, and nintendo DS, and ipod touch. He is still in the reception year at school yet is nearly on year 2 work already. His
teachers are constantly telling me how bright he is and how well he's doing. I know for a fact that him using computers has helped to educate him,
from the first time he started typing words on a computer screen aged 3 (for the record it is a LOT easier for a child that age to type on a screen
that to write freehand!) I have no doubt that one of the reasons he is clever is because he uses a computer every day.
He is also a very physical lad and can run, climb, throw and catch. His BMI is fine (I cannot actually believe we are talking about childrens BMI??
they havn't even finished growing yet!!) He is very strong and biosterous and loves to play any sports, especially football. I would like nothing
better than to let him out to play on his own all day like i did when i was a child. Times have changed. Just the other day there was a attempted
snatching of a child in their own front garden in a village local to us. Not that Im a paranoid parent but i have my eye on him all the time, as any
21st century parent knows, you have to, particularly when they are young.
Child snatchers aside, I know the kind of things that I used to get up to when i was playing on my own as a child in the 80s. My playground was a barn
full of hay bales and old farm machinery. I could have so easily been killed! there is no way i would let him do this.... I'm not paranoid I'd just
rather my kids played safe!
Its easy to blame computers, society, america... but if your child spends all his day infront of a computer, eating Junk food all the time and getting
ZERO exercise, there is only one person to blame.. THE PARENTS!!
My son is monitered when he is on the computer, I am there for advice. he has no longer than an hour at a time on it, maybe two times a day on
weekends and holidays. Some days he doesnt even go on it, if we are off doing other things together as a family. If he wants to know anything I'll
say, "lets google it" and find out within seconds literally anything! The main rule is...no computers after 6pm. Obviously as he gets older the
rules will adapt to his age, one thing is for sure tho, he will never have the internet in his room, even when he's a teenager.
He looks forward to his computer time, its still a treat for him, much the same if he has a Mcdonalds. Little and often, everything in moderation. He
understands this already even at this young age.
One thing that concerns me is...the media and curriculum seem to be ramming this idea into our childrens heads, they all eat too much, they are all
lazy, and obese. Many parents I have spoken to agree with me that it is TOO MUCH, these are children, they have young impressionable minds, we are in
danger of raising a generation full of eating disorders!! My little boy says to me "I cant eat that it'll make me fat and I'll die" this is
shocking and it breaks my heart!! MODERATION is the key!!!
Btw where are all these obese kids?? I dont see any more fat kids than were about when I was a kid! In fact, I was the fat kid when i was younger, yet
I never touched a Mcdonalds or owned computers...go figure!