Bravo for this family!As parents we decided that our kids would be
very limited in their technology usage from when they were young.Our
kids get cellphones when they leave for collage. (using their own money to pay
for them) They have simple ipods with no screens on them that they do not have
in their ears when they are around family. They get an email account when they
are seniors. They can get a Facebook account when they go to college. They have
a Game Cube they bought with their own money. They can use our electricity and
TV 40 minutes every other day to use it.This sounds like they don't
have a social life and they likely resent their parents. On the contrary, they
have a good social life, are looked up to by their peers and spend time talking
to and hanging out with their parents. Technology has its place.
But like this family found out - it can diminish areas of our lives that are
very important if allowed to.
Great article. Almost all of us can probably benefit from evaluating how much
time we spend with electronic media, and if necessary, going on a diet.