How technology can erode a family's foundation

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  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    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.

  • B ob Richmond, CA
    Aug. 21, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    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...

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 3:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    Aug. 20, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    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 life.

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Aug. 17, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Media drenched parents have an average of 11 hours of screen time a day? do you function?

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Aug. 17, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Aug. 17, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    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.

  • zabivka Orem, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 5:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 17, 2013 3:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 16, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but I really have a hard time taking it seriously when people use technology to slam the use of technology.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 16, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    It's destroying our world. And the plus's don't outweigh the negatives in my book.