Raising the “iGeneration”
Like it or loathe it, technology such as smartphones and tablets are here to stay. Technology is undeniably an integral part of the world we live in and simply cannot be ignored. We are raising a generation of tech-savvy kids, the iGeneration, and these kids will not know a world without computers, mobile phones, gaming consoles, and the like.
The question of whether our kids should be using devices like iPhones and iPads is one that I’m sure many parents ask themselves and this article titled ‘Should toddlers play with smartphones’ by Fiona Baker of Body + Soul mirrors my sentiments exactly. I too am one for opting for an educational app or interactive eBook for my children. I don’t have a problem with them using my iPhone or my iPad to play a game, watch a movie or listen to music and to ensure they are using them in moderation, I do have some boundaries set. I like to think we have a good balance of technology time and other activities but of course there is the developmental health debate about how much is too much for our kids and what the long term effects of using these devices may be. You can read more about that in the article ‘Kids & Technology: The Developmental Debate’ by Mashable’s Stephanie Buck. I believe by teaching my children how to use technology at home now, I am preparing them for their future in a world that is filled with it.
Are you for or against your children using technology such as smartphones and tablets? Share your thoughts in the comments below.