FUN FACT: A recent survey conducted by PBS reports that a staggering 70 percent of parents allow their toddlers and young kids to use their iPad. The same polled parents have downloaded an average of eight apps designed specifically for kids.
Is it just me or are kids these days addicted to technology ? We are raising our children in an electronic world and I don’t think there is anything we can do about it because it’s in schools, at home, in the car, at grandparents houses, portable, plugged in and we are all guilty of making it such a lifestyle that they live in.
As a mom of a 5 year old boy and a 1 year old I am so guilty of making electronics part of there world and complaining about it later between i phones, i pods, nintendo ds, computer and playstation it’s so crazy!
Sometimes I feel like taking it all away because I didn’t have that when I was a kid and im fine. But on the other hand they will be left behind if they aren’t exposed to it because it is even at schools. Today I got a permission slip to ask if my son could be involved in an i pad presentation…..I was blown away but glad I got to make the decision because some parents wouldn’t like their kids on i pads.
I have blogged before on how little kids are outside in the winter making snowmen and playing but on the other hand we are giving them all these fun electric toys to play with…of course they don’t want to go outside!!! Can you blame them.
Remember a time when we came home from school and only came in for dinner and came in when the street lights came on!
Now I wake up in the morning and my son is watching tv, he comes home from school asking to watch tv, tells me to go on the teachers blog to see what he did at school, picks up his ds and plays for a while, all while I’m fighting him to go outside and play on his bike!
So the decision is ours as parents to limit the electronics in our kids world, maybe a couple days a week with nothing, maybe one day. We have days that our 5 year old doesn’t have certain things. But as adults sometimes we are just as bad so the battle continues and we may just have to embrace our changing futures on parenting.