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 It's quite popular amongst a certain brand of uptight parent to make a big deal of limiting the amount of screen time your child has.

But isn't that a bit old fashioned these days?

Children today often get set homework via computers - my 9 year old son came home this week with a log in to a maths website his teachers had told him to work on. My daughter often has computer-based projects and her homework can easily take the form of a Powerpoint presentation.

Apps and TV shows even for very young children are often very explicitly educational; teaching languages, literacy, science and maths.

So in an age when your child may be having a very creative and worthwhile learning experience via a screen, isn't a bit pointless for parents to try to reign this in?

And probably a bit hypocritical too if we adults are devoting large chunks of our day to screen-based tweeting, texting, Facebooking and general faffing about.

Is it time for parents rather than kids to cut back on screen time?

Tomorrow I am taking a challenge which has been forced upon offered to me by my daughter - a day of no screens.

She's confiscating my iPhone, Kindle and Chromebook. I'm not to turn the TV on either. If somebody else is watching then I can too but I can't tweet along or use the computer to look up somebody vaguely familiar off the telly.

I am getting in a spot of extra screen action tonight with some high quality faffing. Look, I found a site that lets you put your own text into the Hollywood sign:


My daughter is going to live blog my day of no tech on It's what I would've wanted. It's probably what I would've done, had I still been in possession of my laptop.

So don't tweet me, text, Skype, G+, FB message me or email tomorrow because I won't see it. If you call me then my phone will likely be answered by a child playing Angry Birds.

See you on the other side.

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