Posted April 21, 2014on:
by Remko Tanis
I would expect a headline like Are Touchscreens Melting Your Kid’s Brain? to originate from the local press. But I found this on Wired.
The quote that disturbed me the most was:
the ever-present touchscreens make me incredibly uneasy—probably because they make parenting so easy. There is always one at hand to make restaurants and long drives and air travel much more pleasant. The tablet is the new pacifier.
I think the author and I have different views on what it means to parent.
Leaving a child to play with or watch a video with a mobile device is not parenting. It is not even passive parenting. At best it is nannying.
Parenting is helping the child manage the use of mobile technologies. It is setting and maintaining rules. It is about knowing when to say yes and no as well as articulating why.
The harm is not in the mobile or touchscreen device. It is in parents or adults who do not manage its use.