Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Technology Trap - The Logic of Un-Automating Your Kids

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Anonymous said...

Moving to a new home and have discussed with my Grandkids - who stay with me parttime - that I will not be subscribing to cable TV there, altho I will have internet for news.

The have seen me do this before. :)
We enjoy family time, games, cooking, reading together, cards, sewing and crafts, drawing/coloring, scrapbook pages, typing on a 1926 manual (they fight over turns on it!!!), and a family movie night from my vhs collection.

Outside, we garden and enjoy being outside. It works well for us. They are 8 and 10 at the moment.

marci 357

jj said...

I think a lot of adults could do with a little bit (or quite a lot) of 'unplugging' as well. We don't have a television, and it is amazing how little advertising we are now exposed to. Choosing to learn to play the guitar (vs. Guitar Hero) is rewarding, even as an adult, and I'm sure it is a much more useful hobby...

Anonymous said...

I agree with this post. I have 2 children, both have ipods, games consoles etc. My son, who is a good lad, doesn't get into trouble etc plays on his games far too much and has no motivation to do anything.
However, we are raising a generation that need to 'keep up' with the tech as most jobs nowadays require good knowledge of computer systems etc.
I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place!
non-techy mum.

csiebert said...

Totally agree about unplugging kids from electronics. and that is easier said than done.

However, isnt it ironic that here we are plugged in to the wonderful electronic medium discussing unplugging the kids that we have yet to do ourselfs? or is this irony? I always get that confused. I'll have to listen to George Carlin again to get those straight in my head. :).

Jack said...

I think unplugging is a great thing. Being someone in the technology business, I cannot wait to unplug and get back into nature. I think unplugging for everyone should be a requirement, personally speaking. It forces us to be social, and to get back to what is important.