- Family and Parenting
Technology: A Double Edged Sword
The Good, the Bad and the Ugle
I am a child of the 80's, I grew up in an era where your family had a television, a radio and a telephone for sure. In most cases you also probably had a VCR.
As time changed and as the world became more technologically advanced, we added to this list, an Atari/or Nintendo system and eventually a computer. But these things were not really at the forefront of our list when it came to selecting fun things to do. After all growing up on a Caribbean island, we were more interested in running around outside barefoot. Climbing mango trees to see who can climb the highest and pick the most mangoes. If you were brave enough you would even climb a coconut tree.
At the end of the day, you were invariably outside of the house, using your imagination, and running free. Being active and most importantly, being a child.
Today, unfortunately our kids have a lot more distractions to keep them in the house. If it isn't cable, its the internet or the latest video game console or tablet. It appears that gone are the days of running free and using your imagination.
So, while technology was able to show how far we have come as a human race and has allowed us to do things that weren't possible years ago, I often ask myself, are our kids paying the price for progress?
After all, they don't even have to read if they so choose, they can listen to it if they want to. You can hang out with your friends without even venturing outside with video chat and FaceTime. Worst of all, the English language is slowly being replaced by this new abbreviated version of OMG, LOL and BTW.
Well at the end of the day, I have decided that the onus is on me as a parent. I need to ensure that my kids don't fall victim to the double edged sword of technology. They need the proper balance of life with technology, but also need enough of a break from it so that they develop their own imaginative skills, the ability to read and write standard English and the ability to interact with other human beings.