Yesterday, one of my students requested me to check Instagram as she had commented on one of my posts. It was her first day with the app.
I smiled and told her that I’d check it later as I’ve to reinstall the application. I checked the comment and when I was wandering around the photo app, I stumbled upon an account of a 7th grade, 12-year-old girl. That girl reminded me that, I wrote an article on “Losing innocence” How kids are killing their childhood through gadgets loaded with The Internet in 2014. That account not only shocked me but made me write about it.
Her second post in sequence out of the 200 photos uploaded by her on the photo app was a picture – “A bottle of VODKA” captioned “Enjoyed” (this is the only thing, I can share with you) and vocabulary of comments and type of other posts throughout the app, which would get an “A” certificate if it was reviewed by the censor board.
I don’t blame her, the 12-year-old kid doesn’t know the bad effects of these things, curious mind. I wonder, how carelessly some parents give technology to young minds without having privacy, and parental controls. What kind of applications, videos, articles they can use or watch, read, should be in control of parents.
This is not something you don’t know, what I’m telling you is obvious, but many parents don’t practice it. Toxic material and celebrity culture could make your kid’s beautiful mind contaminated. Still, carelessly, her parents handed personal smartphone and gadgets. She is not alone, many teenagers are losing their innocence, not just wasting their time.
What made me sad that she lost her childhood, so early. She is just an example.
(All kids who use gadgets are not like her, but it could affect them.)
The effect could come in any form in their academic life, or attitude – even in worst form.
Let’s see, how do tech moms and dads determine the proper boundary for their children?
(In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Steve Jobs founder of Apple Inc., “So your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”)
(There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”)
(Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium, and his wife, Sara Williams, said that in lieu of iPads, their two young boys have hundreds of books (yes, physical ones) that they can pick up and read anytime.)
“Children under 10 seem to be most susceptible to becoming addicted, so these parents draw the line at not allowing any gadgets during the week. On weekends, there are limits of 30 minutes to two hours on iPad and smartphone use. And 10- to 14-year-olds are allowed to use computers on school nights, but only for homework.”
I work as a web designer and developer. So don’t take me as an anti-internet or anti-gadget Nazi. I want to uplift your thinking about the terrible effects on your children’s mind. Material all over the internet is unchained.
So I encourage you to think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider not giving them whatever fancy tech we’ll have while they are growing up. Play outside with them and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it later because I’m willing to bet that’s exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.
Please write –
“How do you feel about children using technology, and do you have any guidelines on how and when your children use technology?
“What do you think about this concern?”