I’m so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over
or you know maybe I just want my kids to know how to turn a real book page before they learn how to swipe an ipad because I know people whose 4 year olds can download app after app after app, who can browse for their favorite funny videos in 5 seconds flat, but have trouble holding crayons properly and just scribbling like any young kid should be able to.
not to mention the constant visual stimulation coming off an ipad screen probably isn’t very healthy for a young child’s developing brain to be taking in every single day.
it’s one thing to sit kids down in front of a tv with no interaction and thus nothing pulling them back for more if they get bored.
it’s another to sit a kid down in front of an ipad that offers literally unlimited entertainment options.
I’m talking about basic motor skills and developmental issues here.
and playing with sticks? lol please. try building forts and houses in the woods with literally anything and everything, and sometimes the walls were just in our heads. try staging friendly coups for who rules the roost in said forts almost every day. try sitting up in trees and reading books while its literally the perfect autumn day. try riding bikes all over your local neighborhood to the point that your hands are blistered and you feel like you own the place. and that was before I was 10.
technology is fine and great and useful, but would you believe that there’s a whole wide fucking world out there that is ripe and ready for young kids to get out and explore? it’s what makes people who they are 10, 15, even 30 years later into their life. so excuse me if I’m on some high horse about how much better my childhood was, because if I can give what I had to my children one day, I sure fucking will.
There is a happy, healthy middle ground here. I am 21, and have been playing video games since before I was 2. But I ALSO went out into the little forested area on our property and climbed trees and pretended I was fighting dragons. The video games, actually, heavily influenced that. Video games are good for hand eye coordination and creativity. Activity outside in the sun is good for your health. The best thing would be to have a child do both! Reading actual books is fantastic and reading on a kindle or other e-reader/tablet is convenient (my kindle fits in my back pocket). The only real difference is that you’re turning pages on a book and you’re pressing buttons on a kindle (or swiping for a touch-screen device, which is also fine because it’s something they’ll need to know how to do in the future anyway since so much of their schooling will likely be done on touch screens by then).
Basically what I’m saying is that you need technology and also not technology, in tandem, for a child these days to learn the skills they will need to succeed in the future. If you raise a child on no technology, they will find themselves unable to keep up with their peers when they get into school. If you raise a child without making them go outside and run around and get some sun for about an hour every day, they will find themselves ill more often than those that do get outside as often as needed. Both are important. Please don’t say one is better than the other. Both are needed for healthy physical and psychological development in this day and age.