This post is in response to an article that you can find HERE.
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. – See more at: LINK
Yes… and No.
This is very much the same argument we see with everything in this world. I agree wholeheartedly that children need the opportunity to learn in a hands-on way and they need to know how to communicate with a human being before they learn to communicate with a machine.
They also need to learn how to utilize technology without becoming addicted. If we completely shield them from it until they’re 18, they’re not going to know how to deal with the draw of it.
If we teach them early on how to find a balance (especially in the case of a child who has a natural affinity with technology) between tech-time and human-time, they are much more likely to carry that on into their twenties and beyond.
This is another classic example of “throw them in the deep end, they’ll learn”
I don’t want my kids to learn that way.
I was fortunate growing up. My mother was well-versed in computer language and programming before there was a computer in every home so she introduced us to technology at an early age. But she also taught us that a computer is a tool – not a toy. It can be useful but it should never take over your life!
That is the same outlook I am trying to imbue in my own children. They both own tablets and iPods but they read REAL books and play with REAL toys and stuffed animals. The tablets are useful for long car trips and rainy days… or those times when my writing is going very well and they’re tired of “finding things to do” LOL
They ride scooters nearly every day and we play board games and card games as a family often.
It also helps that I home-school. And no, they do not do their schooling on a computer. We did try but my son (the tech-savvy one) likes books better for learning!
© Rachel L. Miller 2014