Coffee time = screen time?
IDiane Levy turns anthropologist and draws a link between leisure time and screen time.
n the same way the natural world adapts and changes, the challenges of parenting shift with new inventions and social change. But there are some fundamental and timeless skills we need to teach our children.
If you wanted to learn about the adaption of, say, the littleknown leaf frog of Panama, you would of course look no further than the legendary Sir David Attenborough. Thanks to a combination of meticulous research and dedicated observation, Sir Attenborough could talk you through not only the life cycle of this creature, but also how it has adapted over the past few decades as its natural habitat and the social structure of its species have changed.
But this is not a natural history magazine, so it’s likely you are here to find out less about the small creatures that inhabit the South American rain forests, and more about the small creatures that inhabit your living room.
Thankfully, in New Zealand we have someone whose passion for families, powers of observation – and the length of time she has been in practice as a family therapist – enables her to observe the evolution of the way we raise our children, rather than our flora and fauna.
We’re talking about the changes in café culture today, not because it illustrates the changes in children’s diets, but because there’s a parallel between it and changes to the way parents and children now interact, following the introduction of screens and technology to family life.
“There’s no question that our children need to know how to use electronic devices,” says Diane. “The question is, are they using