Do you remember the days when there were no computers, the phone was a dial-up on the wall, playing outside was encouraged, and dinner was around the table with the family discussing your day? After reading Kris Johnson’s article for Dailycomet.com entitled, “New Toy Locks up Smartphones, Forces Real “Facetime,” my mind went back to those long ago days before computers, video game systems, and the dreaded cell phones took over society, and our lives.
It makes you wonder if all of the new inventions and the push for everything to be digital is really safe for our children. We know that texting and driving causes more deaths each year than drinking and driving, and that should in itself allow us to wake up and smell the coffee. Keeping our children safe is of course our main concern then why do we let technology take over their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, my children have all of the latest gizmos and gadgets, but we still try to get in “facetime,” as the author of the above article calls it. What happened to the days of sitting down with your child and getting lost in the wonder of a good book? We do this on a daily basis — tablets, computers, video game systems, and all of the modern things are shut down and put away during this time. What old-fashioned pastimes do you do with your family? We would love to hear them.