Jump to content

Whats your opinion on electronic 'toys' in cafes and restaurants?
*fluff*


  • Please log in to reply
101 replies to this topic

#1 Jan01

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

What is your opinion on loud electronic games and iphone apps at cafes and restaurants?

Recently DH and I were having lunch at a busy cafe (all the tables were full so you don't get to choose where to sit), next to us was a table where 4 adults and 3 children (about 4,6 and 8 years old) were sat who all had either a gameboy style toy or was playing on an iphone with the adults talking amongst themselves. I'd like to preface by saying we don't have any issue with noisy talkative or cranky children (kids will be kids, especially small babies/children) and I'm the first to smile or chat to inquisitive kids sitting next to me. What was distracting was the very loud electronic noise coming from their 'toys' with one toy repeatedly saying in an loud (louder than conversational tone) American voice "choice b, WELL DONE YOUR RIGHT and play a tune" while another played a constant song as a background to some sort of game. It was so loud it was attracting looks from staff and patrons, who were to polite/awkward to say anything. If it was just a rhyme being played to a baby a few time etc to distract them I don't think I would have noticed but this went on until we left.

My question is do you agree with the sound being on toys like this in restaurants (especially for extended time periods) and do you think children of the above ages are old enough to have it explained to them to play the games with sound off so that it isn't to noisy for everyone?

* Please no nasty comments this is just fluff, we weren't outraged and didn't say anything, just deterred from staying for another coffee and a chat because of the noise and asked the question to ourselves when we left*

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

If I am out I much prefer my kids to be occupied by a game than annoying the sh*t out of me or other diners. That said, I make them take earphones or turn volume down so that is not also annoying.

It's the modern coloring in and it keeps them occupied a whole hell of a lot longer.

Mind you, I wouldn't have been so polite as to not say anything, I would have just asked them very nicely to turn their games down.

Edited by Jemstar, 16 November 2012 - 07:38 PM.


#3 nellieb

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

In a cafe? No problem.

#4 laridae

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:40 PM

Headphones or sound off.  Sounds from those games can be very annoying!

#5 Jan01

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

Yeah Jemstar I actually have no issue with electronic toys in general, I think they are great and are the modern equivalent of blocks or a colouring in book. At a low volume it wouldn't be any different than a convo, its when its really loud/ or there is a few playing at once.

#6 2bundles

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

I would never let my kids have the volume up in a cafe. They either take headphones or turn the volume off.

#7 msro82

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

I think it is rude if headphones are not used. DD is allowed to use my old iPhone, but as soon as she unplugs the earphones I take it off her.

Same on planes.

#8 tothebeach

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE
I think it is rude if headphones are not used

I agree.  And the same goes for the bus, aeroplanes and anywhere else where patrons may be trying to get along with their own thing in a public space.

And don't get me started on people who believe that headphones are bad for kids hearing but are happy for the rest of us to listen to the wiggles at top volume so that both their children can share one screen in a plane at 11pm at night.  And yes, that really happened.

#9 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

Headphones are used by my kids.



#10 LynnyP

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

We turn the sound off.  If the game needs sound, it can't be played.  We want to interact as well.

#11 HeroOfCanton

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:50 PM

I think they are fine, but would have just asked they they turn down the volume.
DD has my old iPhone when we stop to eat or I feed DS, and if the sounds is too loud, I ask her to turn it down, usually she does.

Honestly though, I'm more bothered by the sound of whingy kids who just want to get up & play than I am by music or games.

#12 iwanttosleepin

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

either sound down very low or headphones.  I love my kids ipods but I don't want to hear them!!

#13 Lazycow

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

My kids using electronic toys, as long as they use headphones or have the sound off.
I would much rather they played on them, than run round the place because they're bored.

Having said that, it p*sses me off when kids have the sound up loud and all you can hear is feckin angry birds! biggrin.gif

#14 Comrade Borgia

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:53 PM

We take an iPad for him, we make him turn the sound down or wear ear phones....

#15 JustMum08

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

If i'm out and DS has the Ipod or similar I make sure he is wearing headphones or the volume is turned down so we don't annoy those around us.

#16 Therese

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

Headphones or sound off here too. The other people around us don't need to hear the annoying noises from some of the apps and games.

#17 mychubbybubbies

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

I've never had it happen to me before and we eat out a fair bit original.gif

#18 i-candi

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:57 PM

QUOTE (LynnyP @ 16/11/2012, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We turn the sound off.  If the game needs sound, it can't be played.  We want to interact as well.



Same. I don't let the kids have earphones. DS does have good quality sound reducing gaming headphones for his computer though - it's in a public area and I got sick of listening to his games.


Although I was on a flight recently trying to sleep with earplugs and all I could hear was the kid behind teaching his dad how to play a Spiderman game !!!!! arrrggg that voice travelled. I was on a shopping/short holiday with a friend and needed sleep between countries!!!!!!!!

Edited by i-candi, 16 November 2012 - 07:58 PM.


#19 BadCat

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

They drive me bananas, sound or no sound.

Edited by BadCat, 16 November 2012 - 07:59 PM.


#20 jayskette

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

I had this scenario in the public library. That was so much worse than a cafe. I didn't have the nerve to say anything so I moved to the other side of the library...

#21 Peppermint Crush

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

I would have said something, how annoying. Can't believe the parents were so oblivious to the noise the games were making and not considerate of others at all.



#22 canuckmel

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

Better the toy than the kid running around sh*tting everyone else off.

That said, headphones or sound off. Please.

#23 CG123

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:13 PM

I was at the doctors a while back and had to put up with two kids playing LOUD games on iphones. So annoying!!!

Glad I was only there for my glucose challenge test and not actually sick original.gif
Probably would have said something if I was feeling crappy!

#24 Justaduck

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

I personally wonder how we got by before electronic games. Gameboys were around when I was young but I never had one. I can't ever duck into the shops without seeing kids being pushed around in their strollers playing on the tablet or ipad.

Like PPs have said, if being used headphones or on mute please!

#25 skylark

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

I am a total crackpot old bat about this issue - I don't allow our son to play games on phone or ipad or whatever when we are at a cafe or restaurant. I basically think if your child is incapable of sitting quietly or participating at a shared meal without a device then they shouldn't be there. Very harsh, but I managed to go out to restaurants as a kid with my 3 siblings, and behave, without any electronic devices around, so I don't see a need for them now. So yes, I think the noise from games and whatnot in a cafe or restaurant is pretty rude and annoying.  Don't even get me started on going out for a family meal with teenage nieces and nephews just sitting there texting throughout and never so much as looking up from their devices.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.