October 6, 2014
If you fall within the Gen-Y era like us, chances are you’ve given a bunch of thought as to how you would raise your own children in this day and age (assuming you don’t have children already). Especially with technology, so much has changed since our childhoods in the 90s. Here’s one question: Would you introduce the technological wonder/heroin that is the iPod and iPad to your kids?
Steve Jobs wouldn’t, and for good reason too.
In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Especially in Silicon Valley, there is actually a trend of tech execs and engineers who shield their kids from technology. They even send their kids to non-tech schools like the Waldorf School in Los Altos, where computers aren’t found anywhere because they only focus on hands-on learning.
There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up our children for incomplete, handicapped lives devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder when we hook them onto technology at an early age. We were the last generation to play outside precisely because we didn’t have smartphones and laptops. We learned from movement, hands-on interaction, and we absorbed information through books and socialization with other humans as opposed to a Google search.
Learning in different ways has helped us become more well-rounded individuals — so, should we be more worried that we are robbing our children of the ability to Snapchat and play “Candy Crush” all day if we don’t hand them a smartphone, or should we be more worried that we would be robbing them of a healthier, less dependent development if we do hand them a smartphone? I think Steve Jobs had it right in regard to his kids.
So the next time you think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider not giving them whatever fancy tech we’ll have while they are growing up. Play outside with them and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it later, because I’m willing to bet that’s exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.
I’m not say that “technology nor iPads nor smartphone are bad. And what Steve Job for his children is a good thing by limiting them to technology that is a available for them. Because the child’s body and mind is still developing it’s always best to limit children from technology that is available around them. Like Television and other screens, for children who’re 2 years old or under should never be allow to watch Television or view any other screens. My belief that Children should never be allow to use or have smartphone and cellphone until the age of consent which that is around 16 to 18 years of age.
When I got my very first cell phone when I was 18 years of age and Ipod at age of 21. I even I been think about getting a Iphone ever since first one come out six years later still haven’t got yet and I still not planning to get one yet. I don’t have any children yet and I not married and I even have a girlfriend yet. But this information will still be useful in the future for me.
Reason I why I started up Eco Liberty on wordpress so I can get the news and knowledge out. And I’m thinking about creating a Podcast which the name will ELBC “Eco Liberty Broadcast” it will be once a week and 25 minutes for one episode and each segment will be 12 minutes 30 seconds and planning to get it started are soon at I can. Next years the first episode may under way once got it going.