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May 21, 2007

Bill Gates Limits Screen Time For His Kids

CNET posted on their News Blog that Bill Gates (and his wife) limited their 10 year old daughter to 45 minutes of screen time for games during the week.  Interesting that he shared his family limits when his company, Microsoft, is all about screen time. It makes me curious what limits other parents in the tech industry use for screen time. One commenter from the CNET post has similar limits on his family but brought up an interesting point "I need to put similar limits on myself".

I posted about my own thoughts on screen time at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog (basically that I use limited TV/screen time as babysitting). As a work at home mom with no full time help, there are times where I am answering email and cooking dinner at the same time. Having my kids relax with their daily screen time (either TV or computer) really helps me. But I do force myself to shut off my computer to spend quiet family time together. So finding the right balance is key. Whatever that is........

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We're not good at limits here--for any of us. Probably, we all spend a couple of hours a day watching tv, playing games, etc. I try sometimes to institute a "no screens" day one day on the weekend--usually when it's nice outside. Usually our time is interspersed with other activities so it's not 2 hours all at once.

Laura - that sounds like a good set-up. We also have "no screen" days when the weather is nice!

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