Parents are always searching for good ways to punish their children and for years have relied on taking away TV. But in the last decade, taking away the internet has become a powerful tool in a parent’s punishment arsenal!
“No TV for a week, the time-honored punishment for misbehaving children, has been enhanced. Now, parents are also withholding Internet access to punish their kids, further sign that the Web has become as important to families as television.”
“As the two mediums converge, parents are quickly coming to see TV and the Internet in similar ways and are seeking to limit their kids’ access to both, according to a report out this week from researchers at the University of Southern California.”
“The survey from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future found that two-thirds of parents say they restrict their kids’ access to TV as punishment, a number that has barely budged over the past 10 years. But the percentage of parents who limit Internet access as a form of punishment has nearly doubled in the last decade.”
“Among parents surveyed this spring, 57 percent said they withheld Web access to punish their kids. That is up from 32 percent in 2000.”
“Michael Gilbert, a senior fellow at the center, said parents are starting to not see a big distinction between TV watching and Internet use. Even so, parents are still more comfortable with the amount of time kids spend on the Internet — 71 percent said it was “just about right” compared with just 51 percent for TV.”
Our family is completely in line with this trend. Depending on the severity of the crime I can so “no TV,” or “no TV and Wii” or the big granddaddy of them all “No TV, no Wii and no computer!” We call that simply “No Screen time!” and boy do they freak out when that judgment is handed down.
The story also talks about parents’ concerns and comfort-level with their kids watching TV and being on the Internet. I’m not so worried about the time on screens (I don’t think they spend that much during the school year) but I do think taking that limited time away is very effective.
Do you use the all-encompassing “screen time” as a punishment? Do they respond to that more so than just TV or video games or computer individually? Do you worry about their total amount of time on the screens?