Q&A: iPods for Christmas

Q: We are considering buying ipods for our kids for Christmas, but my husband says they are “time-wasters”. What do you think?

Gary: I think it all depends on the age of your child. The American Pediatric Association suggests no screens at all for children two years and under,  and after that only two hours a day on any kind of device. If you think they’re old enough, you need to have guidelines that you’re going to give them— in terms of the amount of time, in terms of what programs they get involved in, and you need to monitor those things. Otherwise, they will become time-wasters. They have to be monitored if it’s going to be positive. For more on this topic: Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane