Nobody can deny that technology has had a profound effect on raising children. What is debatable is whether or not it is a good thing. What is too much? What it too little? Just where is that happy land called moderation?
Gone are the days when kids would wake up with the early birds, pick up their favorite ball or bicycle then go out to gather their friends to play.
I remember the days when I would go out and find a friend or two. Maybe we’ll go to the pool, play some baseball, or explore the river (up until Grandpa learned about it 😔)
Cellphones, tablets, video games and computers — the average youngster has logged thousands of hours on digital technologies by the time they leave home.
Technology may be the most powerful force in the world today and, as the noted technology historian Melvin Kranzberg observes in his Six Laws of Technology, “Technology is neither good nor bad—nor is it neutral.” Technology isn’t neutral because it does, clearly, have an impact on our lives. The nature of that impact is what determines whether technology is good or bad.
Recently, Allison Slater Tate wrote an important article in the Washington Post: Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything.
Allison articulates and draws attention to a unique struggle facing our generation of parents. Namely, how to raise children in an age of technology.