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When Papa brings home a computer, the whole family is excited. Soon Mama, Brother, Sister, and even Honey start spending all day every day staring at their own computers. It's up to Papa to get the family off the computer and back into the real world!


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When Papa brings home a computer, the whole family is excited. Soon Mama, Brother, Sister, and even Honey start spending all day every day staring at their own computers. It's up to Papa to get the family off the computer and back into the real world!

30 review for The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Gelvin

    Gosh darn these newfangled machines and their social networkings. Is "5-Minute Berenstain Bears Stories" just a collection of the most inane stories about the Berenstain Bears ever? I feel really discriminated against as a computer nerd. This is frustrating. It's very preachy and judgmental against computers and the people who use them, almost to the point where if you have a job that involves a computer, it can't be worth anything. The main problem with Brother is not that Gosh darn these newfangled machines and their social networkings. Is "5-Minute Berenstain Bears Stories" just a collection of the most inane stories about the Berenstain Bears ever? I feel really discriminated against as a computer nerd. This is frustrating. It's very preachy and judgmental against computers and the people who use them, almost to the point where if you have a job that involves a computer, it can't be worth anything. The main problem with Brother is not that he's looking at soccer gear, but that he's listening to music, horror of horrors, while he's doing his homework. And of course Mama is stereotypically female and bidding on something on "e-Bear." "If you can't get done what you need to do on the Internet in one hour, it's not worth doing." Whatever! Some things are difficult! This is stupid. And lots of homework nowadays actually requires that you go online. They seem to be saying that nothing at all about the Internet is useful. "They all went down to the playground for some good old-fashioned exercise." Because the good old days were better than these newfangled contraptions. And seeing a movie is so much better than being on the Internet. It just is. Because we said so. Papa buys a computer because he thinks it will help him with his business. Then everybody needs their own computer, even the baby. Sister gets upset because of Pawbook and social issues, because, you know, she's a girl. Somebody insults her and then her friends are saying that they're in love. Brother is playing music while looking at soccer gear instead of doing his homework. Mama is buying things on e-Bear. Apparently she also sells things, though. So she could start her own business, but not if she's limited to the hour a day that they decide on. They decide, "We're spending too much time on the Internet. So we need to have rules. We're only going to be on there one hour a day." "What will we do instead?" "You can get back outside and play like you used to!" And they have so much fun playing outside, that they drag their friends away from their computers to play with them. And Mama makes a quilt! She got so involved that she didn't even bother going online! And after their hour online, they hang out in the family room and apparently stare at the fireplace and read books and knit. And the next day, they go to the movies. The end. What? You can hang out with your family without limiting your Internet time to an hour a day. It's not okay for the Internet to be a default thing, like watching television usually is? This is silly. If you want to spend more time with your family, spend more time with your family. Don't blame the Internet for it. The best part, the halfhearted movie titles at the end: "'What will it be?' asked Papa, buying the tickets. 'Pirates of the Bearibbean, Beary Potter, or Spider-Bear?' 'Spider-Bear!' they all agreed. And Spider-Bear it was." The end. Message: The Internet is bad. For more children's book reviews, see my website at http://www.drttmk.com.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    This book is already a little dated, but the topic is still all too relevant.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book hits very close to home today in an age where lots of people rely too heavily on technology. Listen to the Berenstain Bears people!!!! =)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    I kind of want to laugh at this story because it's so utterly true. The moment we had one computer in the house was the moment everyone got a computer it seemed. One bred another and another until we have this very situation - everyone sitting around on their computers all day long. Every day. My heavens, what a situation! Getting everyone away from the screens is a great idea. But setting a goal for a maximum of an hour on the computer a day is good to an extent - but it also needs t I kind of want to laugh at this story because it's so utterly true. The moment we had one computer in the house was the moment everyone got a computer it seemed. One bred another and another until we have this very situation - everyone sitting around on their computers all day long. Every day. My heavens, what a situation! Getting everyone away from the screens is a great idea. But setting a goal for a maximum of an hour on the computer a day is good to an extent - but it also needs to be evaluated in light of what's reasonable. Most kids today need longer than that for homework alone. I would dearly love, though, to see toddlers not staring at iPads all the time. Is that even good for their eyes? Or social development? I'm glad to see the Bears at least tackling these difficult issues.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve Holden

    I love the Berenstain Bears and this one falls into a great read aloud for digital citizenship. This one is full of humor - both in the story and illustrations - that adults will enjoy too while sharing with kids or reading aloud. The concept is important and as young students begin getting online and using computers, it generates good discussion topics to have with all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I just love the Berenstain Bear's stories! They are all full of love and imagination with a great intake of moral character to teach children everywhere! I highly recommend these wonderful books to everyone, everywhere because you can never go wrong with a lovely family of bears! "The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble" was a hard pill to swallow for me and I am an adult! This story shows how much technology, especially computers and the internet have taken over most of everyone's tim I just love the Berenstain Bear's stories! They are all full of love and imagination with a great intake of moral character to teach children everywhere! I highly recommend these wonderful books to everyone, everywhere because you can never go wrong with a lovely family of bears! "The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble" was a hard pill to swallow for me and I am an adult! This story shows how much technology, especially computers and the internet have taken over most of everyone's time. Whether at work or at home, many sit behind a computer and before they know it another day has past away. This children's story helped me explain to my child while tablets can sometimes be a bad thing, and how playing outside is always great for everyone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this book, papa buys a computer for work, but Sister and Brother go to his shop everyday to play games on his computer. Then he thinks that Sister and Brother need their own computers to do schoolwork, Email, IMing, and social networking followed. Then Mama discovered buying and selling things on e-bear and wanted a computer, too. Then Honey Bear began playing simple computer games on a toy computer. Soon he thought that the family was spending to much time in front of the computer. So he tol In this book, papa buys a computer for work, but Sister and Brother go to his shop everyday to play games on his computer. Then he thinks that Sister and Brother need their own computers to do schoolwork, Email, IMing, and social networking followed. Then Mama discovered buying and selling things on e-bear and wanted a computer, too. Then Honey Bear began playing simple computer games on a toy computer. Soon he thought that the family was spending to much time in front of the computer. So he told the Mama bear and the cubs that he is going to turn off the computer every day except for 1 hour. The cubs figured out the 1 hour was plenty. Papa had learned he didn't need to waste so much time online to get his business done. He was able to stay in his shop working with the wood he loved. Freed from the spell of e-bear Mama got out her old quilting kit and started to work on a big quilt of birds and butterflies. She got so involved that she didn't go online for even 1 hour. The next evening the bear family went to the movies. The movies that they were showing were Pirates Of The Bearibbean, Beary Potter, and Spider-Bear. They picked Spider-Bear and Spider Bear it was.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    This is a more modern Berenstain Bears book; and to me not as good as the older ones. In this one everyone including the baby has a computer. Papa Bear is getting frustrated at all the time wasted and no one being family anymore. So he makes a rule where the computers are shut down except for an hour a day and has the children and Mama get back to doing things they used to like outside to play and her quilting. And they soon learn they've missed doing those things. This book has a very good mess This is a more modern Berenstain Bears book; and to me not as good as the older ones. In this one everyone including the baby has a computer. Papa Bear is getting frustrated at all the time wasted and no one being family anymore. So he makes a rule where the computers are shut down except for an hour a day and has the children and Mama get back to doing things they used to like outside to play and her quilting. And they soon learn they've missed doing those things. This book has a very good message to the children of today's lifestyle. So many don't know how to play on their own, or without anything electronic. So the lesson learnt in this book was good. I just felt it wasn't written as good as some of the older Berenstain Bears books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jj

    YES--it totally hits one over the head with its point, like nearly all the Berenstain Bear books. It's not really any better or worse than the rest of them, either--but it does serve a purpose. I don't think it is necessarily saying that the Internet is evil--more that it can sometimes become a drain on users when they overdo it. At least, this is my feeling as I see very many families (yes, people of ALL AGES) who either have--or are creating--serious problems for themselves because of spending YES--it totally hits one over the head with its point, like nearly all the Berenstain Bear books. It's not really any better or worse than the rest of them, either--but it does serve a purpose. I don't think it is necessarily saying that the Internet is evil--more that it can sometimes become a drain on users when they overdo it. At least, this is my feeling as I see very many families (yes, people of ALL AGES) who either have--or are creating--serious problems for themselves because of spending too much time and energy online. There is a need to moderate. Hopefully kids can take away from this book the message that too much really can be too much--and not that the Internet is going to ruin everyone's lives.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The internet is evil! EVIL! apparently, it makes little girls cry, wives spend too much money, and young boys neglect their homework. And, as papa bear says, "people use the internet to get cubs to do things that arent safe." OK, so all of these things do happen. Still, this scare-tactic of a story is laughable and trite. Dad says no more internet, kids go outside for some old-fashioned playtime, and everything is A-OK! Yay! Unilkely to either entertain or teach.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    I use this book in my 3rd/4th grade Computer classes to kickstart a discussion about screen time. There is a negative message throughout the book about computer use, so I’m careful to point out the extremes while discussing moderation. It’s a cute book and students seem to enjoy it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Jacob

    Due to the increase that kids use technology these days this would be a good book to read. It tells kids to not always be on there electronics all day. Go outside and play. This books are part of a really greta series so honestly you can not go wrong with any of these books. They are easy reads and very entertaining.

  13. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    Papa Bear decides to get a computer for his furniture business to make life a bit easier for him but before long, everyone in the house wants their own computer to email, do homework, surf the Internet and buy things on E-Bear. Papa starts to think that the family are now spending too much time on the computer and not enough with family and friends so he decides on some rules for Internet use.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really nice illustrations. In this Berenstain Bears adventure, Papa Bear buys a computer to make his life easier. The entire family ends up addicted to it in some fashion or other. Papa Bear instills some computer usage rules and the family returns to normal.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jonah

    I felt like their resolution to cut down computer time didn't really address the cyber bullying issue.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Damera Blincoe

    Meh

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Pleasantly surprised to find that the father wasn't a bum who frequently and sheepishly responds to the mother's wisdom, as in many Berenstain Bears books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Fun story for kids. It does a great job of teaching them about internet safety and cutting down on how often they use it. Both the big boys and the little guy enjoyed it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patty Rivera

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Newton

  22. 4 out of 5

    RCPP

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Murphy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Woodruff

    Because I am in love with you Because I'm in love with you i'm alone with you again I love you Fioana I'm in love with you Fiona

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Roberts

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Ciarnau

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grzegorz

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