Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Technology, Children, & Their Parents

I've been meaning to post this for some time now. I had this image in my head and thought I would put it on here sometime, so here goes:

Technology has changed our world forever. In many cases, life has improved but it has also gotten worse. Access to information is much easier than it has ever been. That has made research for papers and gathering information on popular opinion very easy. But it also means that so much is available for our youth. Meaning if little Johnny asks his parents a question but they feel he is not ready for the answer he can easily search for it on the Internet. But the answers he finds may not be far from correct. We must be careful about allowing unlimited Internet access to our children. This is not to say that we should place strict limits on Internet use for children, but then again maybe that is not such a bad idea after all. We need to trust our children to seek out information in reliable sources and when they receive false information we must learn to teach them the right way. Sure, children will find information through other sources, such as friends, television, movies, video games, etc. but we need to be aware of what is being fed to them. Parents must be present in their children's lives. They must be a source that children can go to for advice and guidance.
I am but a child of twenty-two myself and have no children of my own so there are obviously things that I am leaving out but I just think that parents should play an active role in their children's lives. After all, isn't that the number one job of parents: raising their children? They don't say that child-rearing is a full-time job for nothing. Just a thought from one spinning cerebrum hoping to spin others.