Kudos to that conductor! I would love to have a Smartphone or an Ipad loaded
with useful, if not entertaining apps, but I know myself well enough to know
that I would be on it ALL THE TIME. Over the past several months I've tried
to limit the amount of time my kids see me in front of a screen (difficult,
since I'm a writer, a news reader, and keep all my recipe books and other
frequently needed information on the computer). I've cut my Facebook news
feed down to the dozen or so people whose lives I actually care about. I only
let my kids play their computer games (which are mostly educational) after
they've done extra school worksheets and chores, and even then, they only
get an hour a day, max.We've been enforcing no phones or
devices at the dinner table, and that's worked out pretty well, too. Texts
can wait. Virtual fantasies can wait. Housework can usually wait, too. But kids
don't keep, and after hearing of many accidents and illness among friends
and family, I'm reminded that we never know how short life will be.
What do you expect? Schools feel technology is the way to teach, and now we
have a generation of addicts.Keep it simple,---pencil, paper, glue,
scissors, and books.
I agree with this totally. We are raising a generation who do not know how to
communicate face to face and it's getting worse not better. I think texting
is fine for short messages, but not iPhone in hand 24/7 (and especially not in
Church!) Same goes for iPads. They are incredible to use but not all the time.
We have theatre tickets and go to ball games and ballroom dance programs
regularly. I have heard of a family who checks the cell phones in at 7 PM and
lets them back out the next day. There are probably many ways a family could
monitor all of the social media stuff in a way they decide is best for them. I have heard from several sources that texting "withdrawl" is a
huge problem for young missionaries at the MTC. Just a thought to begin now to
curtail some usage in some way.