Here’s another random fact about me, or I guess one of the quirks in my personality…I’m not a big fan of technology. Now don’t get me wrong, I own a smart phone (I resisted them for years but gave in and got one last Christmas), I’m working off of a laptop right now, and I love to snuggle up with my family and watch a movie (with popcorn of course, that’s very important) but I am not one of those people who is always glued to her gadgets. I don’t leave my TV on all the time, I don’t play games on my phone, and I’d much rather pick up a real book…with real pages to turn…than read from a Kindle. You might say I’m a little old-school.
Because of this quirk, my son is allowed only so much ‘tech time’ each day. I want him to be off exploring the world and using his imagination instead of staring at a screen. I have read many studies that back up the fact that too much screen time has an adverse affect on children. I’ve also seen studies about educational programs that help our children learn new things. I recently read this article about leaving a TV going in the background:
I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with all of you. I think it’s right…some shows help our children; they expose them to new things and encourage them to think. But not all shows are beneficial and we need to be careful what we expose our children to because they are like little sponges, soaking up everything around them.
And now I will step down from my soapbox and ask what you think…Do you limit the time your children spend on electronics? Do you think it impacts them? Do you think it impacts you??