re B ob:Wait, your 9 yr old used an 8 ft ladder to climb a tall
tree? When we were 9 yrs old, we would've laughed at any of our friends
who had to use a ladder to climb a tree. Not saying it's not
dangerous...the point is 9 yr olds have been going up as high as they can in
trees LONG before computers.
I was 'working' on my computer when l heard my son 9 year-old outside
say, "Mom, come look at me!" I did. He was up in the tallest tree in
the yard- wiich is a California Redwood and taller than the house. Our 8 foot
ladder was set up under the tree. He had walked right past me carrying an 8 foot
ladder and I didn't see it because I was looking at the computer screen!
I'm glad he felt proud of what he had done and called for me to look! If
he had been injured and silent...
Technology is good for one thing, information. Parents are letting children eat,
drink, and live with technology because they don't want to have a personal
relationship or parental control over their children. Its and escape from
reality and responsibility. Technology is dumb tool and only as smart as the
uneducated who program it.Children should not be allowed to have
these products in their possession outside of study or research. Parents are
liable for the safety of their children and their knowledge and social skills,
its time they took some accountability and responsibility and toss out those
expensive distractions and put their money and life of poverty to better use.Technology creates dead minds and souls and it rips me apart to see
parents hand these out like candy bars to suppress a childs need for personal
attention. And its an equal offense when parents are oblivious of their children
running loose and unattended in public with their cell phone glued to their ears
and walking aimlessly through the world. Being a parent is a full time job
requiring full time focus and attention. Phone calls are no excuse for letting
governement destroy their freedom and liberties.
The headline reads, "How Technology Can Erode a Family's
Foundation." It's not indicative of what the article is about. The
author does not blame technology but she wants parents "to think about how
we sustain healthy family relationships through this new time.” It can be
done. This is what we should be thinking about. Technology is here to stay,
and in my opinion, is divinely inspired. I agree with
Christmas Carole, we need moderation in all things. Teaching proper technology
etiquette is important. It is up to us to keep people each other balanced in
I feel that with tech equipment, as with everything else in life, it is wise to
use the admonishment of "moderation in all things". A woman I used to
see monthly commented once that she had visited her younger sister at the
college she had once attended some years previous. She was astounded to observe
that there were few(if any!) people walking and communicating. It was the same
throughout campus. MOST individuals were "connected" to tech devices not
each other. Even in the dorm rooms she witnessed this. It struck her as very
sad. We need to be consciously aware of what we are doing and how much time we
are spending doing it.
Media drenched parents have an average of 11 hours of screen time a day?
Wow....how do you function?
My 18-year old granddaughter and I went to a place where she had no access to
the internet, no television and no equipment for watching DVDs. We hiked,
explored, toured a mansion and read books, along with cleaning our historic
shack there. She loved it, and repeatedly mentioned that her mother spends too
much time with computer games. However, I have another granddaughter of the same
age, who would not have enjoyed the activities, though she will join us in a
spirit of cooperation when we go there again. She prefers using her high tech
devices while sitting on a couch with her mother and brother who are doing the
same. I think there definitely needs to be a family discussion, often, about how
to limit tech time, and have other family interaction.
This article shows how we seem to be nearly helpless in the face of our
enticements (web, television, etc.). We our doing our country serious harm by
not doing our job of being parents.
I think, in some ways, we are just waiting for our culture to catch up with our
technology. It used to be fairly common, for example, for people to play on
their cell phones during a movie in the theater or dinner at a nice restaurant.
We're seeing, however, that more and more we are developing rules of
etiquette regarding the use technology at certain times, and I think eventually
this will take hold in family life, as well.
When used properly, technology is a benefit. The key word is,
"properly." It can be perverted through pornography or used to spread
the word of Christ. It's entirely up to the individual.
I'm sorry, but I really have a hard time taking it seriously when people
use technology to slam the use of technology.
It's destroying our world. And the plus's don't outweigh the
negatives in my book.