My perspective is that technology is a profoundly powerful servant and has the potential to swallow up a child’s life with fierce fortitude (not to mention to expose the child to seriously under-researched EMF exposure). This perspective began to grow when Sophia was about 2 years old (she is now 10) and I observed the intense draw of technology on my psyche that went something like this, “Oh, I could get all of these dishes done so quickly if I could just plunk Sophia down in front of a cartoon for a few minutes.” and so it went. Thankfully my mindfulness training had already taken hold and I could oberve my mind play tricks like this frequently enough that I approached my husband Glen about getting rid of TV from our home. The seductive pull of “Oh, I could get this done so quickly if…” was profound even though I was an adult. It was clear to me then that all this technology has an intense seductive quality.
We all also know how fast our children grow up and I did not want to miss a moment of Sophia’s beautiful childhood to TV. So we kicked TV to the curb and I never looked back.
My sense at this time is that I need to match technology’s fierce fortitude with my own in protecting Sophia’s childhood from an onslaught of media induced distractions so tech is minimized at this time.
What does she do instead?
She plays, creates, imagines, reads, dances, sings, connects, draws, plays in nature.
Since this is the only moment in which she has to live why wouldn’t I choose this experience for her?
We also know now how very “plastic” our nervous system is. What we expose ourselves to today affects our cellular biology for days to come. In fact Dr. Cole’s research out of UCLA says 80 days to be exact.
Of course every family needs to make their own call in regards to technology (and smart phones/pads etc can be so useful and necessary for so many things!) so this is not meant to encroach on anyone’s individual technology needs/approach only to start a conversation and let you know where I am in regards to tech right now in Sophia’s life/play time.
Have you kicked TV to the curb or are you interested in giving it a try? How about having the TV’s default mode be “off” for a few days or weeks or months. What happens when you do this?