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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin

Kids and Technology

Posted by Barack Levin on February 14th, 2011

I hear it all around me – kids need to be exposed to technology from an early age. After all, we are now living in a technological world and they have to triumph the technology o stay behind. In the name of technology we expose our kids to computers, tv and video games from very early ages – sometimes even several months old. And the obvious question is why? So that they are exposed to Facebook at the age of 4? So they can Google at the age of 5 or so that they can tweet at the age of 6?

I say, stop the nonsense (for a lack of a better word to use). Kids need to learn the basics before they are exposed to technology. How about riding a bike? Doing the monkey bars? Climbing a tree? Use their imagination to build something?

I am not at all impressed by YouTube movies showing a 2 year old operating and iPad. I would be more impressed if that same movie showed how this kid build with a Lego set or pushed his stroller on the side walks. These are the real skills he needs to have and not the ability to move a mouth in a virtual world.

4 Responses to “Kids and Technology”

  1. Bill Corbett Says:

    Awesome, awesome post. I agree with you 100% and wish more parents would stop caving to the pressure of what other parents are doing with their kids. Thanks for your post!

  2. Chris Lambrecht Says:

    No, as a matter of fact that research exits to indicate the exact opposite. A local nature center is doing a feasibility study to open up a “nature preschool” that would allow preschoolers to mature through more exposure to nature.

  3. Barack Levin Says:

    I would rather much see a kid holding a dirty stick and playing in the mud than a kid holding a mouse and typing on a keyboard.

  4. Barack Levin Says:

    Not only that. Parents use these technological advances as babysitters. It is time to stand up to reality and say it out loud: go play with your kids. They need you and not a flashing computer screen.

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