Technology Use and Young Children
While reading a few good books on technology use and young children, something stood out to me like a brightly shining star yesterday. Contemplate not what you are doing, but what you are not doing when using electronics. We tend to get sucked into electronics, ignoring the world around us and allowing the clock to speed ahead in its circular path, robbing us of valuable time...time with people and nature and getting things done. This, of course, happens because of the effects the electronics have on our brains. What a great way to check oneself! Rather than asking, "What am I doing?" which allows for a plethora of justifications of the time loss, we can ask, "What am I not doing?" This question leads to answers such as, "I am not taking the dog for that walk I was looking forward to today." "I am not playing with my children right now, and they are not happy about that." "I am not cooking dinner at the time that is best for my family." "I am not listening to what my spouse is saying; I'm just nodding while working." "I am not..." What are you not doing when the screen grabs your cranium, and you find yourself endlessly navigating the sticky strings of the World Wide Web, much like a fly caught in the silk of a crafty arachnid? What could you be doing instead? Clear out the cobwebs! I'm shutting down my computer now and going outside, because I am NOT enjoying this beautiful morning in my new garden. See ya!
Colleen T. Mantell, M.S., Ed.