Another reddit plug. I’m addicted, I’m not gonna lie.
I’ll admit this right now. I’m only 23 years old. I am not a parent. And I’m relatively young to be thinking about bringing kids to the world. But I do sometimes think about the world I would be potentially bringing them into if I did decide to have them. I saw a recent Reddit thread where the OP questioned the use and impact of young children using technology.
Most people in my generation(save perhaps the oldest Generation Y folks) and later haven’t really gone without the World Wide Web, and readily available access to technology. The World Wide Web has been available since about 1991, and it has increasingly evolved through numerous versions (Web 1.0-Web 2.0.. etc…) But now the web can be accessed on consoles, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even certain TVs. Most kids(obviously not all of them) in the western world can’t go without being exposed to it. But the question is, should we be teaching our kids to use technology and gadgets responsibly, and having interests outside of it?
I think that we definitely should. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling parents how to raise their kids. I’m just putting some idle thoughts out there.
Maybe kids would benefit from watching a couple hours of educational videos from sites like the Khan Academy before they can surf freely on the net? Perhaps some parents can limit their usage and encourage them to go outside, and take up other hobbies to curb their dependence? There are numerous solutions out there, and they are all dependent on the individual child, parents, and the child’s temperament. Just a bit of ‘Food for Thought.’