I saw this in The Stir - What would you add?
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 am ruining 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 we?
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?
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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.
by nngmommy83October 4, 2012 at 10:50 AMHaha too funny
I barely remember life without internet!
LOL...its true though. Everything is at the tip of our fingers. At nice as it is, life was simpler before internet.
I work with kids mostly in their early 20's. They barely even remember life without internet...I.feel.old.
October 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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.