Aug 7, 2015

Kids and Technology...How Much is Too Much?

Children now spend an average of 7 hours a day using technology.  "Play" has moved onto devices.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says this can lead to obesity, erratic sleep patterns and difficulty concentrating.

As kids connectivity to the internet through screens becomes more pervasive, many parents are grappling with how much technology is too much?

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, banned his children from using the iPads and iPods his company produced.  Many parents in the Silicon Vally send their children to screen-free schools.

But other parents believe cutting off their kids from technology will limit their ability to cope with modern life and hinder their future careers.  They do have a point.  Exposure to technology increases our ability to scan and sort information, a skill that's increasingly useful in the modern workplace. 

So where can parents find a balance?

One important distinction to make is the difference between active and passive screen time.  Active screen time involves creating, reading, and interacting with content.  Passive screen time is just vegging out in front of a video or game.

Proponents for active screen time say kids are growing up in a technology environment and will be using it for the rest of their lives.  They want to give their children a solid technological foundation to build upon.

The floor is yours.  
What do you think?  
How much technology is too much?  
What is the best balance?  
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