31 Mar, 2015

Parents! Focus less on worrying about Minecraft and more on understanding it

Abstract: My seven year-old would happily play Angry Birds Star Wars games for hours on the tablet if left unchecked. He’d eat Bear Yoyos until he was sick in order to collect more of the monster cards that come with them.

He’d read non-fiction endlessly instead of stories; have the same album playing every day for a month in the car during the school-run; and watch Disney XD for so long that the programmes would start repeating.

The point is that he doesn’t, because there are boundaries. Tablet time lasts for 15 minutes every evening; Bear Yoyo packets are rationed; stories are read; different albums played whatever the howls of protest from the back seat; and TV time is also carefully managed.