Win a VTech DigiGo #DigiGoetiquette

We are a family with lots of technology in the house, even the youngest kids are drawn towards devices and they recently got a really fun new one, the VTech DigiGo (click to read our full review and find out more about what makes this device different.)

Today, I have the chance to offer one In The Playroom reader the chance to win one of these for your child too. Whoever wins it will definitely have a happy kid!

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To enter, I’m asking you to share your stories on smart device etiquette in your home, with the hashtag #DigiGoetiquette – Tell me about the smart device rules in your house, or any funny stories you have with your kids technology fails or disasters. One winner will be picked at random.

Over the years, we have been lucky to get away without too many disasters but I have had a phone teethed and drooled on by my eldest as a baby, so much that it stopped working due to water damage (I know… gross right.) I’ve learnt my lessons since then and don’t let babies hold my phone any more! We’ve also had a couple of cracked screens on various tablets. That’s one of the reasons why proper kids devices can be much better than just giving them a cheaper version of a normal grown up one – the kids ones are way more durable, so there is less worry and breakages!

We’ve also had to put a few rules in place to make sure the kids keep their device usage in check. Our basic rules are along the lines of:

  1. No devices at the dinner table (including restaurants)
  2. No taking them out of the house unless I’ve said so
  3. Put back in the right place when when you’ve finished – no leaving them here and there to get lost and broken
  4. Ask before using

We don’t have a strict schedule in terms of time limits. It will vary depending on what else needs to be done, and our plans for the day. As long as the boys put them away when asked, I’m happy enough.

 Giveaway

For your chance to win a VTech DigiGo for your child, enter via the Rafflecopter below – making sure to leave a comment with your #DigiGoetiquette story

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Good luck!

simple device usage rules for kids. How we limit our kids tablet use

117 thoughts on “Win a VTech DigiGo #DigiGoetiquette”

  1. Since my girls have realised that you can turn the camera to face you it’s hilarious going through all the ‘selfies’ they’ve taken and the faces they pull! They are such posers! 🙂
    #DigiGoetiquette

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  2. Our smart device etiquette consists of not using at mealtimes, taking upstairs to bedroom and when guests are around.#DigiGoettiquette

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  3. My nephew, at 18months old, managed to permanently turn off the sound on my iPad. I never worked out how and ended up having to restore it to factory settings to get the sound back. There was much more supervision after that 🙂

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  4. #DigiGoetiquette My daughter keeps pressing random buttons and texting nonsense, usually her dad as his name is the first on the list… . She also sets random reminders on the phone.

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  5. We have a tablet but my son managed to crack the screen on his and his mums all in one day and wipe out my kindle so far he hold the record for breaking the most tablets in one week as he even broke his gran,s that weekend #DigiGoetiquette

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  6. Nothing too crazy, just deleting/moving my apps, using up all my free candy crush tokens and posting random series of letters on Facebook. I’ve password protected my apps now but they can still move them about! #DigiGoetiquette

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  7. #DigiGoetiquette I was sorting the messages on my phone and decided to take a picture of my lazy cat. When looking at my pictures I found 3 different photos all of bare naked bums, one my daughters one my sons and one of the husbands. They thought it was super funny the little devils

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  8. #DigiGoetiquette My 4 year old has learned how to open WhatsApp on my phone and regularly sends voice clips, videos and messages to his dad.

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  9. We have a rule of 60 min. of Kindle games a day. Of course, we started with a rule that he had to read on it for 10 minutes before playing, but that faded out. He reads books frequently, so he’s not missing out.

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  10. #DigiGoetiquette my children are pains with their tablets and devices, I allow them a certain amount of time, but they do push it with staying on longer or ‘in a min’ mum, I have even started hiding the tablets now

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  11. My 3.5 yr old realised you can use the camera on my smart phone even if it is locked. I went to work and was scrolling on my phone and I found hundreds of random photos. There were selfies of her full face, but more of her forehead, eyes, as well as the photos of her feet, blanket, toes, toys, the rug, the list goes on and on, but the best ones were the sneaky ones she had taken of me when I wasn’t looking!! #DigiGoettiquette

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  12. My kids now each have a LeapFrog LeapPad2. Both have been used a lot in the last year…so much so that they don’t always work anymore. We have a few rules, but not many.

    1. Main use is for road trips longer than 1 hour and can be brought to doctor’s appointments if I say it’s okay.
    2. You must ask to use if we are not on a road trip
    3. If you whine when I say to put it away, you do not get to play it again for 24-48 hours.
    4. If you do not treat it right, you have to put it away for 24-48 hours.

    We don’t limit the time when they do have it out. It usually gives me a much needed break from everything…and ALL their games are educational!

    #DigiGoettiquette
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  13. My sons are older (24 & 14) but they always had usage rules when it comes to technology – something they both adhered to. Although the 24 year old is always on his phone at the dinner table now which really bugs me. My granddaughter doesn’t use any type of technology yet although she is always asking to look at videos of cats & dogs on the laptop! #DigiGoettiquette

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  14. #DigiGoetiquett my daughter used her dads phone to text me to say pick her up as she was bored watching her brother play football!

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  15. Thankfully no fails or problems. I got a hudl for my little one and I make sure she always keeps it in the case and can only use it for a few hours a day. I don’t want her becoming dependent on the tablet for entertainment so I make sure she does some reading and plays with her toys too. #DigiGoettiquette

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  16. They aren’t allowed them. In their rooms or use half hour before bed. Before the rules we had a hard job getting them to sleep
    #digigoetiquette

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  17. #DigiGoettiquette my son dropped my phone and smashed the screen and blamed his dad even his dad thought he had done it as well

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  18. #DigiGoetiquette out little chap picking up an iPhone and going onto You-Tube and watching Yellow Submarine all by himself, phone now has a lock on it!

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  19. Our #DigiGoettiquette is no phones at the table, My kids tend to play on my phone on long car journeys and sometimes to text their dad if he is working late

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  20. After searching frantically for my phone I asked my daughter where my phone was she gave it to another little girl in a pushchair I looked liked some kind of pscho chasing after someone else’s child lmao#DigiGoettiquette

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  21. We have securit codes on all our devices as the kids are monkeys at picking them up when we are out of the room. Though I have to remember to enter it myself when they ask instead of shouting it out, they are getting too clever for me!

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  22. What a fabulous way to introduce young children to technology. With plenty to keep them amused, and the knowledge that if they want they can contact mum or dad, just to say some thing even before they can write.

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  23. my daughter managed to poke nearly everyone on my facebook before lol! she has hijacked my ipad and taught me things on there that i didnt know existed and she is only 4!

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  24. #DigiGoettiquette my daughters somehow managed to phone the police, I was mortified although looking back now I laugh as they were very good with my children but told them not to do it again. How embarassing!!!!

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  25. #DigiGoettiquette My little boy will be four in February and doesn’t have any devices. He sees me swiping with my phone so sometimes he tries to swipe our tv screen to change the channel away from our boring news programmes!!

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  26. #DigiGoetiquette My Daughter has dropped my tablet several times, luckily it seems quite tough! She also loves to leave funny pictures and videos on it which I discover weeks after she has used it!

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  27. #DigiGoetiquette my daughter took some unflappable pictures of me and somehow managed to figure out how to post them on Facebook.????????

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  28. we were lucky enough to go to Loro Parque in Tenerife and we went to watch the whale show….. My son was using my ipad to record (and marvel at) The whales doing their tricks … One of the tricks was to “wave” at the audience …. drenching us all in the process….. Result being, one wet iPad which no longer has a working microphone 🙁 sea water and technology dont mix !!! 🙁 #DigiGoetiquette

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  29. #DigiGoEtiquette- my son delights in ‘finding’ my phone and dropping it- he knows that if he can get it to land the right way, it’ll comes out of the case, the back falls off and he takes the battery out! If it doesn’t happen first time, he’ll keep picking up and dropping it to try again- at first I didn’t realise he was doing it on purpose, but he definitely knows….
    The mischievous little —-*—-!

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  30. My son, 4, isn’t that bothered about using electronics yet but my husband and I have made a rule for ourselves that we can’t use our laptops until our kids are in bed. #DigiGoettiquette

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  31. My twin nephews, aged 5 , were not happy when mummy would not recharge the ipad because she said it was time to play outside. They decided to hide her phone so she could not find it and it was only when my brother got home from work and was able to hunt with her that they managed to find it, hidden in the box of porridge. #DigiGoetiquette

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  32. My son is 11, has a mobile phone, tablet and Xbox 360, it got to the point I’d tell him it was time to get off his Xbox and he would go straight to his tablet, then I’d say your not going on your tablet and he would turn to his phone, but I’ve now cut them all back to an hour each device each day, his 3 year old sister loves playing with his old Nintendo D.S and her vtech innotab, but with the D.S charger broken, and the innotab won’t hold charge anymore she now plays games on his tablet, this would be fantastic #DigiGoEtiquette xXx

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  33. My children aren’t allowed on any tablet until daddy is home, I refuse to learn how to use them and this limits their usage quite nicely! #DigiGoettiquette

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  34. now its dark mornings my madames know where i charge my phone up on a night so are getting it in a morning to use as a light with the torch for in there bedroom so they dont have o turn there light on and wake there brother up haha #DigiGoettiquette

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  35. we have a rule about no devices at the table boys still try to bring them to dinner table in the hope that we wont notice #DigiGoettiquette
    our youngest has just descovered she can watch netflix on my phone every time I put my mobile down it vanishes!

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  36. #DigiGoetiquette – we do have a rule that enough is enough. When I think son has had enough screen time I make him turn off and do something else.

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  37. #DigiGoEtiquette No technology allowed when we go on holiday apart from our camera . We switch off all phones also. No surprise bills when we come back home.

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  38. Our #DigiGotiquette is no eating near device or sticky fingers must wash hands before using , and put down before eating any food .

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  39. not really funny so much, but my 4 year old has discovered the camera on my ipad and tries to take pics of everything, even me on the loo,….which isnt pretty, i have to keep checking and deleting pics any time anyone comes round to the house and lil would show them #DigiGoetiquette

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  40. #DigiGoetiquette My son doesn’t have DigiGoetiquette, he is autistic and tech is his life, I honestly don’t restrict him too much as I have found that it’s how he learns the best and it makes him happy 🙂

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  41. My daughter is allowed short (timed) periods on the tablet. She is not allowed to download apps without adult supervision either #DigiGoettiquette

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  42. My oldest boy was so addicted to gadgets when he was little it seemed like we’d never break the habit. We’ve implemented several rules that have helped. The kids can play for only half an hour at a time, the DS gets put away out of sight (they’re less likely to ask for it if they can’t see it!), and the best one is gadget free Sundays! On Sunday we spend time as a family, play games, go for walks, anything that does not involve a gadget! #DigiGoettiquette

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  43. #DigiGoetiquette , Daughter always laughs her head off at people opening eggs and toys, i sat with her one day and watched some with her, i must say, i laughed too ! it is unusually funny.

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  44. My daughter isn’t allowed to use the ipad when we’re out. If we’re visiting family or eating in a restaurant then she has to interact as a family with as not be distracted with gadgets. #DigiGoettiquette

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  45. I caught my little boy tapping away on the TV the other day. When I asked him what he was doing he said he was trying to call nanna. I think it’s because he sees me Skyping her on my tablet…I hope it’s not his ‘other’ nanna – who’s sadly left us – and somekind of Carol-Anne episode? 😉

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  46. #digigoettiguette I find is so sad when families go out to eat and everyone is just stuffing food into their mouths while one hand is on a phone, tablet or other kind of device. No conversation at all. Should be banned from eating establishments to bring back the art of acting like a family and talking – something we love doing.

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  47. #DigiGoetiquette is no phones, gadgets at the dinner table. My son is not allowed on the internet without me sitting next to him but he is really not that bothered as he just likes to play downloaded games.

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  48. daddy is a geek! he loves to play clash of clans;
    Annabelle found the ipad and managed to totally rearrange his war base and spend all his gems!!!
    daddy wasnt pleased after months of playing and saving up gems!! #DigiGoetiquette

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  49. Our #digigoettiguette is absolutely no tech during dinner and a total maximum of call combined of 2 hours a day with a maximum session of 1 hour at a time.

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  50. Our rules include those you have mentioned, including no devices at the dinner table, or breakfast or lunch for that matter either and no devices in bedrooms either, if they want to use them, they need to be in sight.

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  51. Our rules include those you have mentioned, including no devices at the dinner table, or breakfast or lunch for that matter either and no devices in bedrooms either, if they want to use them, they need to be in sight. #digigoettiguette

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  52. #DigiGoettiquette my children are not at all addicted to the tablets so we don’t have any rules. They both love lego so they tend to use the tablets to find “builds” they can copy.
    son uses his for homework research.

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  53. We also have no phones/smart devices at the dinner table. This time is for eating and socialising. being seasonal it reminds me of the scene in Elf where the dad is allowed to answer his phone at the table, and then go to his “office” to eat his dinner. THIS will never happen at our table! 🙂

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  54. Don’t mind an hour or two on the ipad and games on my phone altough sometimes I’m guilty of letting them play longer because need to do something urgent – I do ban phones tablets at mealtimes and in bed and try to encourage reading and social skills to develop -it’s difficult to limit children’s use of gadgets when I rely on mine a lot so try to use only when they’ve gone to bed – lots of temper tantrums and crying because all their friends play on their gadgets a lot more xx

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  55. my daughter recently realised how to unlock my phone, she then somehow managed to send everyone in my phonebook, including all my work collegues the message ‘poo’ followed by a smiley face! I was horrified #DigiGoettiquette

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  56. #DigiGoettiquette
    No electronics at the dinner table
    Homework/chores first
    must be left in a box in the hall on family movie nights
    everything off by 7

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  57. There is a lack of etiquette around my end the 2 year old Isabella gets the tablet, can use the tablet and only watches Peppa Pig #DigiGoettiquette 🙂

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  58. My 4 year old daughter is totally addicted to taking selfies with my phone, she will take them without me realising and when I look at my phone there’s literally hundreds of hilarious selfies of her pulling faces, with her sister and brother, with her dolls, you name it! #DigiGoetiquette

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  59. #DigiGoettiquette my ettiquette involves no using any tech at meal times and only in family rooms never alone in bedrooms x

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  60. my 2 yr old managed to send out the pics i had saved on my phone after trying out dresses in changing room to send my sister for her opinion to all my 350 friends on facebook! mortified to say the least

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  61. #DigiGoettiquette my nephew got hold of my phone and it ended up down the toilet…. along with my purse, except the credit cards and notes which he posted through the floor boards…..

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  62. #DigiGoettiquette My etiquette is a litle of what you fancy does you the world of good! The only rule I think I have is no tablets or telly when we have dinner. I’m a teeny bit old fashioned and I love hearing about my four kids lives as we eat dinner, its a special time for me. We did always use to watch telly when eating, but then the kids disappear, and I don’t see them for the rest of the evening, so I love dinner time to be special. 🙂 x

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  63. The 5 year old has some offline (for safer use/content) activity apps to keep her entertained yet managed to get online via a neighbours unsecured wi-fi! luckily she was only googling peppa pig pictures :-/ #DigiGoetiquette

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  64. My grandchildren have to ask for permission to use electronic devices. They are not allowed at meal times and not after bedtime. #DigiGoettiquette

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  65. Our little boy recently started to play on our tablet, he loved playing games on it, until he dropped it into the bath ????#DigiGoetiquette
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  66. #DigiGoettiquette I foolishly let my son play Candy Crush Soda on my phone with it still connected to Data Usage…..needless to say the bill was overwhelming after all of his in app purchases.

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  67. My son has worked out which apps to use to get the ice hockey scores! So we only use that part of the phone before dinner 🙂

    #DigiGoettiquette

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  68. #DigiGoettiquette we have rules no using them when eating, any raised voices and they get turned off, If I say they need to be put away they go straight away or lose them the whole of next day.

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  69. #DigiGoettiquette

    Our rules are:

    Gaming time for no more than 1 hour a day
    Put the device back on charge or where you got it when finished playing
    No screens at bedtime.

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  70. I try to limit screen time but not too much as my eldest has additional needs and tech is a lifeline for him! #DigiGoettquette

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  71. my 4 year old buried my phone in a plant pot and when i was looking for it she got it back out and tried washing it with baby wipe #DigiGoettiquette

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  72. #DigiGoetiquette

    I do allow the iPad at the dinner table to play as the youngest sometimes won’t eat unless he focused on something eat, we play it day by day. We try not to take it to restaurants and we do mostly succeed with the bribe of pudding and a couple of cars But i see no harm in it =) We don’t have devices in a morning and they only get them at tea time / after tea for an hour =)

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