Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why Read
Steve Jobs wouldn’t, and for good reason too.
New York Times reporter Nick Bilton, in a Sunday article, said he once assumingly asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it. We are trying to limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Especially in Silicon Valley, there is actually a trend of tech engineers and execs who protect their kids from technology. They even send their kids to non – tech schools where computers aren’t found anywhere because they only focus on hands – on learning, like the Waldorf School in Los Altos.
There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, a father of five and CEO of 3D Robotics. He gave an explanation what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse my wife and me of being overly concerned and fascists about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. Because i have seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up our children for handicapped, incomplete lives devoid of wonder, creativity and imagination when we present technology to them at an early age. We are one of the last generation to play outside precisely because we didn’t have laptops and smartphones. We learned from hands – on interaction, movement and we absorbed information through socialization and books with other humans as opposed to a Google search.
Learning in different ways has helped us become more well – rounded individuals – so, should we be more worried that we are robbing our children of the ability to play “Candy Crush” and Snapchat all day if we don’t hand them a smartphone, or should we be more worried that we would be robbing them of a less dependent and healthier development if we give them a smartphone? We think that Steve Jobs had it right in regard to his kids.
So you may want to (highly) consider not giving your kids whatever fancy tech you’ll have while they are growing up, the next time you think about how you will raise them. Surround them with nature and play outside with them; they might hate you at first, but they will absolutely thank you for it later, because we can bet that’s exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.
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This is so true. Kids today do not know how to interact with others. They do not know how to have a conversation or how to share and take turns. I teach Kindergarten and it is so frustrating that kids do not know how to color with crayons, they cannot use scissors or glue until I show them. They do not like to write their numbers or the alphabet. Yes, iPads, computers, etc. are great but they also need to have interactions with other humans. (parents, teachers, peers) They don’t even try when using a learning game on the computer. They figure out shortcuts and then basically guess and allow the computer ot correct them. Ugh! some are great with technology and hands-on but so many just don’t have the hands on experiences. Reading a book on an ipad is convenient but it is not the same of holding, touching, carrying, and turning the actual paper pages of the book. No technology is extreme, but playing Angry Birds or watching the latest episode of Spongebob on an ipad is a total waste of time.
Good parents will watch what their child is using and put limits on it, but if you are at a restaurant or at the supermarket and you find yourself looking and interacting with a screen, or putting your child on a screen so they leave you alone, your are depriving your child of human contact and stimulating conversation. SHAME ON YOU!