Scene 1:

The moment, dad / mom enter the home, loud sounds of various decibel levels are heard from all the rooms…

Living Room – Sponge Bob is happily blabbering away or Dora the forever-explorer is speaking in Spanish. The TV is on but who is watching it?!! No idea…Probably that’s background music that is a must-have for 2 little people (and helper)

Toy Room – Boy is watching iPad / Tab. Oh, they have choices thanks to their parents who bought multiple devices so that all are happy and can surf seamlessly! So if the mood is hyper-active, go for tablet because there are games installed in it – Riding monster trucks, making pizzas and serving them to customers and all kinds of professions they teach…So educational!

Girl’s Room – From Taylor Swift’s new song, Top 10 YouTubers and their latest videos to searching motivational quotes, googling about some weird topics and products that only pre-teens understand…Wow, rainbow activities are happening here.

After Dad / Mom enter after hard day’s work, Boy and Girl manage to greet them and chat for good 2.5-minutes. So nice of them to take out this time from their busy e-schedule for their parents!!! Hats off hats off.

Well, am sure those of you who are parents must have understood the highly-sarcastic tone of the above paragraph. Yes, correct, that’s the intention.

Screen time for kids is always a big “?” for me. How much is too much? I don’t know. In fact, sometimes, I get so lost in the enchanting world of FB, WhatsApp, Insta that I overcook the food or bang my head on the door while walking. And who introduced the iPad & Tab to kids? We – the parents – only right?

So yes, the ball comes right back in our court. Kids and me can go insane when it comes to e-world! Hubby is the only balancing factor who uses the glittery gadgets to the minimum. So when he realized that the screen time is becoming endless – “please please 5-mins more, 2 mins, 10 secs”, when he saw that kids are becoming agitated and irritated when the beloved gadgets are taken away from them, he pressed the ALARM button.

Enough is Enough – He declared!

Thanks to the technology and our Internet Provider, we managed to do this. We blocked Internet for most of the time of the day for iPad, Tab and Girl’s smartphone. Now the devices are there, charged fully but Sorry, you just cannot connect to Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi obliges these devices only 2-3 hours a day.

What happened after Dad’s step to block Internet? Read on.

Girl’s spontaneous reaction when we blocked Internet for the first time! So stinging-ly creative…Lol

Current Scene: from kids point of view

Frustration, frustration…What’s life without iPad and Tablets and Smart Phones? Worst is the fact that the gadgets are there but they are almost dead without the Wi-Fi.

Sad, Sad, Sad – Nothing to do after we come back from school. Seriously, parents are so cruel!!! They blocked Internet??!!! Total injustice.

Sigh, Cry, Sigh – Lets watch some TV.

Ha! Not that interesting.

No choice, really No choice – Okay, lets finish school homework

Okay done.

Let’s play together. We agree to disagree when it comes to the rules of the game, we will fight but let’s still play…

This snakes and ladders is such a fun. Of course, I win most of the times, Bro!

Oh, we have so many toys and lot of play options

So happy to play with this stamp maker again…

Wait, we have something called as playground downstairs –

Let’s visit that place. Not gone there for n number of days. Playground is so much fun. Met some old friends there.

Internet is back? Wi-Fi is on? Let’s test –

Yes, yes, go to Settings and check. Can we connect? Try harder. Oh, still cannot. Ok, I am going to surprise (or shock?) parents by changing some other settings. What is this “accessibility options” is all about, Invert colors, Assistive touch and all ? Aha, see we learnt something new. But why iPad now looks like this? OMG, did we do something stupid?!! Ok just off it and keep it away.

Games will work right even if no Wi-Fi? Yippie!!!

Yaaaas, some of them are at least working but new updates and all not available…That still needs Wi-Fi. Ayyo!!!

Hey we have storybooks

Come on, read some new books that we got from the library. They look fun.

6:30 PM – Internet is BACK. Yay…Life seems so cool now 🙂 🙂

Yes, for some time at least it will be on, so use it to the fullest.

So parents, do think about such blocking slots for Wi-Fi. This measure really works – at least to a certain extent. Kids start looking at the real world, do things that they did before they got gadgets and overall, look more like kids than gadget addicts. By the way, Hubby is thinking seriously to impose this blockage on my iPhone also…Oh no 🙁

We are trying. Please share with us what you do to limit screen time of kids.

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