Does your child use an ipad? An Iphone? Or any smartphone/tablet?
My nephew of seven is pretty fluent in using them, having started at least a year earlier. Speaking from my generation which is not that old (thats what tell myself) I question “Should they be using it at all?” And then I question “Why shouldn’t they?”
To be honest, its not an individual case, all kids are using them and pretty much of all ages. I never had one because they weren’t invented in my childhood so seeing a child “naturally” use new technology which may have been considered as a mature tool for my generation raises an eyebrow. Then again are we that different?
- In 1975 the most popular toy was the Atari and Pong.
- In the 80’s it was the Nintendo & Sega Genesis
- In the 90s’ it was the Gameboy & Playstation.
- In 00’s it was Playstation 2 and Nintendo DS.
Children using new technology shouldn’t be a problem for adults. History has shown that its been done before and integrated into daily life. If it becomes a problem parents can if needs be limit the childs use of a platform with good parenting.
This means that technology itself may not be the issue but what could be the problem is the content. Where content could be controlled by parental purchases as well as strict parenting (scheduled use), tablet and phones don’t really have that filter. Everything is available to everyone, anytime, that’s the point of a mobile phone.
What children are looking at is the problem. With Smartphones and tablets becoming personal carried items 24/7 how can a parent limit:
– A childs usuage of a platform
– The content shown on a platform.
Lastly should it be limited at all? After all we all use these items daily to do all sorts whether it be social, entertainment or work from minute to minute. Should children not be allowed to do the same in preparation for later life skills. When your sitting at home, who is it really stuck on the smartphone and tablet? You or the kids?
An interesting idea has come about from Tom Osborne and AlphaBlue. A service that give parents back the control of their childs technology usage and habits. The service can apply limits controlled by the parent as to what access a child has on their smartphone and at what time.
It sounds like a great idea for any parent who thinks their child is spending too much time in the digital world.
It could be said that if there was a problem with a childs technology usage than good old fashion parenting should be enough to solve that problem. But in a time where there is a service for everything maybe something like AlphaBlue is the type of new age solution that can help new digital parents with digital issues for their children.
What do you think?
Is technology killing children?