Thanks, Guys. This is helpful . I feel like it 's a never ending battle in our house -- especially for my 4th grader. I am trying the every other day thing and so far it seems like the best yet. Wondering what others do when they remind their kids to get off like 8 times and they still don't get off... do you say not computer for your next day?
We have two kids - one is 7 (and a pokemon fiend) and the other is 10. We allow 60 minutes of "play time" on the computer per day - typically it is youtube or miniclip or the like - sometimes they head down and play on the Wii. The computers and consoles are all in the main living room or kitchen (that they use) so enforcement is done pretty hands on. However, they are allowed to be on the computer as long as they want for informational or educational purposes - news (including sports news), or educational sites are allowed at any time.
Well I have three kids ranging in age from 4 to 10 so we are constantly battling about who can be on the computer, what xbox games are allowed, etc. So this summer I am trying an every- other day appproach - one day on, one day off. The days they are off they can't bug me to play or they lose their time teh next day. The days they are on, they can play in the am if we don't have plans and then in the evening (while I make dinner : ) and until @ 7 or 8pm. We'll see how it works.