Addicted to mobiles

As we were chatting recently as a family, whilst at the bank, a young family came into the bank with their young children. They brought in two young boys. They were both about preschool age.

Dad sat down to talk with the banker, while she pulled out two cell phones-one for her and one for the boys.

The kids we hunched up together and sat in one chair. The mother was sat with her head down and her back to her boys.

The entire half-hour, they didn’t move, look around, cry for a sweets (yes, they were out for them), or make one sound. The youngest boy looked like his left eye was crossing in from muscle strain. The older boy never looked up, not one time.

They wouldn’t have noticed if their parents stepped out of the room.

I don’t believe in technology for kids.

And, it made me think. As little as 5 years ago, a toddler would have been into everything at that bank with one of his parents or guardians chasing him around. He would be opening doors, fidgeting with things on the table, trying to run around, or making small talk with other people.

Ten years ago, those boys would be doing different things that would encourage their love of curiosity about the world around them. They would be following the natural course: curiosity, discovery, the a-ha moments, the walking, falling, running, getting up, scraping knees, and learning from every single experience.

With so many futurists claiming that the most critical skills of the future include problem-solving, communication, and compassion, it made me wonder.

  • How will our children ever learn to problem-solve if they don’t figure things out during the critical years of learning and discovery on their own?
  • How is technology changing their natural brain development?
  • Will young eyes on technology inhibit entrepreneurship if our kids don’t ever figure out problems or even notice they exist?
  • Will these children understand the difference between real life and the online world?
  • How will they learn to communicate well?
  • They are already addicted.
  • This article is not to blame or shame anyone. What are your thoughts?
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