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Technology Talk After Christmas

December 27, 2013, 6:05 PM by Don Jorgensen

Technology Talk After Christmas

From iPads to cell phones, a lot of kids got electronic devices for Christmas this year.  The mobile devices are soaring in popularity even with kids younger than eight years old. But experts warn, if you gave your child an electronic device for Christmas this year, you should also give them the talk.

There's plenty of excitement at Spellerberg Park in Sioux Falls as lots of children are enjoying the nice day sledding.  But it's not all fun and games when it comes to their Christmas presents this year.

15-year-old Sofia Haan got an iPhone. But she also got instructions from her mother last night.

"I have to give my phone to her anytime she asks.  If my grades go down, the phone goes first and things like that," Sofia said.

Sofia's mother, Shelly, says she trusts her daughter with the new phone, but gave her a warning.

"We just explained to her it is a privilege, not a right.  And with that privilege comes along certain expectations and consequences," Shelly said.

Cindy Rogich bought her son and daughter a new iPad for Christmas.

"I had a conversation with both my daughter and son about how long they are going to be on it, when they are going to be on it, what they can do to be on it," Rogich said.

Rogich says her kids can only be on the new iPad for 30 minutes. And according to health experts that's good advice.

"They should really limit to less than two hours a day of screen time, which is TV, your computer, your video games.  They really want to limit it, get the kids outside on beautiful days; be outside and be playful," Sanford Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Nelson said.

Which these families are already doing.

Dr. Nelson also suggests parents block certain sites by going to the settings. There's even setting allowing you to set the device to turn off after a certain amount of time.

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