If you’re a parent reading this post I’m sure that you’ve asked yourself this question at least once, “How much leeway should I give my kids when it comes to personal technology? And at what age?”.
I definitely do not have the answers to this increasing debate, but I do have a few concerns, and I’m curious what you think.
I see Johannes increasingly interested in our home computers, iPad and iPhones. He loves to play with our old Motorola flip phone and pretend to call his grandparents. “Hi Buni! Hi papa! Hi Gabi!…jiber jaber…bye bye”. He takes the phone, turns it around, points it at our cat and says “CHEEZE!” while mimicking me and my incessant photo taking.
He does this because we do it and he wants to do exactly that. But as he grows up and goes to school he will be surrounded by other kids with cell phones, iPhones, iPads and internet access.
We made a personal decision not to get a television, but shows and media are on the internet as well.
At what age is it ok to let them have email? Facebook? Free rein of the world wide web?
I suppose these are questions that we will answer in time, once we see what the lay of the land is. As we are presented with one of these challenges. But as a planner I like to have a little bit of an idea as to what I should say or do.
What are your thoughts? Is this a concern as a parent?