Children And The Age Of Technology

In the 80′s as a child, the age of technology seemed liked a foreign language when spoken. Most of my time and attention was consumed by playing with such things as a pogo bouncing ball, roller racer or engaging in physical outdoor activities with the neighbors kids. When it was time for bed, the Glo Worm was a necessity for me to fall asleep and at times my Teddy Ruxbin.

As time progressed and I went into the 4th grade, I was introduced to advanced technology, the Apple 2 Computer. As a result of the advanced technology, I thought there was nothing greater and never would be. With the toys I had as a child and introduction to the Apple 2, I was always content, happy and very thankful.

Welcome to 2012! Technology and games we played with as a child has advanced and in some cases become non existent. Today, kids that were my age back then are texting, surfing the internet and video conferencing using the latest tech gadgets such as iPads, iPhones and laptops.

As a result of today’s advanced technology, children are being exposed to new learning abilities as well as the way they live their daily life. The way a child lives their daily life can be positive and negative. As parents, by setting limits on how much our children uses technology, we are creating a more positive outcome.

With all this said, I want to hear from you. How much time do you allow your kids to use technology daily? Do your kids teach you things they have learned at school and does the use of technology affect their social life?

2 thoughts on “Children And The Age Of Technology

  1. My children are adults, I have a 5 year old grandson. I realize that he was born into this world of technology. It is second hand to him, much like breathing. He is able to pick up the latest gadget and become proficient very easily. As a family, we try to support his mother with tech boundaries. An hour of what we call gaming, but we haven’t provided a time limit for academics or creativity (educational sites like star fall, etc.). Trying to balance good tech time is challenging we want to make sure he is on the right side of the digital divide.

  2. My toys were mostly replicas of my father’s tools. They were sensible, allowing me to play at activities that I might repeat in actual work when I grew up. Electronic toys are sensible for children who will grow up to work with technology one day. That’s why we allowed our children to play with them just as much as my parents allowed me to sit banging wooden pegs into a wooden bench with a wooden hammer. The neighbors’s kids came to play at our house because their parents didn’t want them playing with those new fangled gadgets. Go figure.

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