My boys have lots of age-appropriate tech
devices, can set the DVR by themselves, and know about the latest viral
YouTube videos before I do. But sometimes I worry I
amruining them with technology. What are all these
"convenience tools" doing to their "sponge-like" kid brains? Squelching their
innate talents? Robbing them of the glory that comes from good
old-fashioned benign neglect and boredom?
When I think back to my childhood, spent pretending my bike was a horse and
making eraser people, I do think my kids are getting a little
screwed. We had no technology (unless you count Lite
Brite); we had to learn to make do. We were boredom survivors. Some of
our best days revolved around playing House (the only one left standing in a
nuclear war) and making great duct tape things, which we then sold to strangers
from mom's card table. It was a wonderful time. Life's answers weren't a Google
search away, and we, no doubt, came out brighter (briter?) because of it. Didn't
Let's take a quick look at childhood before and after the Internet
was invented, and you decide. Who's screwed the least -- the techy kids
of today or us non-techy kids of yesterday?
I have thought about taking some of the technology things away from my kids. My sister and I used to pretend the big propane tank was a horse or we used to saddle our dad's saw horses and ride those for hours. We did a lot more things outdoors than my kids do. Now that its cooling off I think we'll spend more time outdoors.
I think people are way to dependent on internet, and tech stuff. I fall prey to it too. I want Myles to play with old fashioned toys and good old outdoor play but let him watch tv which I wish I was stricter about.