I recently read this article by Bruce Feiler at the NY Times about the impact technology has on our children. If you do not have the time to read it, here is one quote that sums it up: “… young people were spending so much time looking into screens that they were losing the ability to read nonverbal communications and learn other skills necessary for one on one interactions…”
It is not easy to be a kid, not when I was growing up, and it’s even harder now. We all know that, and we’ve all been there. The difference is that we didn’t have so much technology at our disposal, tempting us everywhere we go, keeping us trapped in this virtual world and preventing us from experiencing the real one. However, this is the world we are living in, a world with technology, for better and for worst.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and all its’ benefits, but I’m realistic – and as it’s mentioned at all the fairytale stories: “All magic comes with a price”. Our price is needing to moderate technology consumption for our kids.
I believe in learning by putting yourself out there, with real interactions with real people, and actually experiencing life – experiencing it in the “real world” and not in the “digital world”.
I see my kids prefer playing on their video games rather than playing outside and… well, it doesn’t break my heart, but it makes me sad. Sad and annoyed, because I want them to grow to be the best human being they possibly can, but how can they do that when their noses are stuck in their electronic devices. This is my job as their mom to guide and teach them to use technology in moderation – but how?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends spending no more than two hours consuming electronics, again – any suggestion how to enforce it?
That’s where media diet comes into place, and that deserve its own post. Please stick around as this post is only an introduction to a series of posts I plan on writing. From my experience with my kids, some strategies I have to deal with that, and a lot of statistics and information from the “prose” – the “real stuff” us parents need to know.
Feel free to leave me comments and thoughts so I know what you are thinking on this subject, and please stick around for more…
In the meanwhile, be well & experience life!