Originally posted by Rockstar1102
I also agree that allowing kids to become video game / internet junkies is a horrible way to raise your kids. As you mentioned it is very difficult to find that balance, especially the way parenting is heading in downward spiral these days.
I believe the real problem stems from the encouragement of the parents. How many times have you heard of a parent saying "It's raining, go play some video games or watch a movie" or "We're leaving in an hour, go check you're email"??
It almost seems like it's a parent's way of getting their kids out of their hair or a way to pacify them for some reason. THAT is what needs to change. Kids have a natural tendency to explore and learn and if that is being shunned to technology by the parents, then they are to blame.
Glad we agree on so much. There's no turning back the clock on technology. It's transformed our lives and liberated us from so much driudgery an lack of access to information.
That said, I think we also have seen a half century where technology provided entertainment has become more than just down time activity. It's become something that fills the free time of millions, in the process replacing necessary other needs.
Childhood and adolescence are the critical period when one's approach to life is shaped. Much of this understanding of oneself and the world has to come from direct experience. When we allow ourselves and our children to rely on simulated experience and viewpoints, rather than discovering them through the more painful and longer route, it can cause serious problems.
I think we've touche on what those problems can be. And there have been solutions offered.