Don’t blame it all on screen time
THE Today show’s Lisa Wilkinson caused a stir among parents recently telling them that they were “crazy” to let kids under five have access to iPads and phones.
She said it would create a generation of 14-yearolds addicted to screens with no social skills. In a recent column in
The Daily Telegraph Louise Roberts also said parents were to blame for “the corrosive sexting epidemic engulfing our kids” because they were responsible for “handing them the mobile weapons to self-destruct”.
It might be easy to blame parents or even technology for the inappropriate use or abuse of mobile devices and social media. But it is simply wrong! Think back a decade or so, Google and Facebook were just starting out and kids spent their time watching TV and playing the early Nintendo DS.
The critics of the time were making claims that too much TV or gaming time would make our kids violent and create a bunch of psychologically maladjusted men. Largely, this did not happen.
Today’s critics claim social media and screen time will lead to a collapse of morality and human social development.
Yes, the technology being released today is faster and more sophisticated than anything we have ever known.
Technology is here to stay and we need to come to terms with how to best manage it.
Rather than play the blame game or ban the technology, we need to work out how we best respond at the individual, family and societal level to the use of technology and social media.
When used appropriately, technology opens kids up to a world of learning and connections never before possible.