Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that our babies were born in a modern technology world. Is that a good or bad thing? Honestly, there’s no right answer to that question. It depends on how we introduce them to the new modern technology. There is a very fine line between the advantages and disadvantages of it. This world is a very damaged place, and the Internet provides all kinds of information that can be extremely educational or on the other hand harmful for our children. But thankfully, we are here to monitor what kind of external stimulus we provide to prevent a devastating end result.
When I was a child, computers, phones and tablets weren’t as popular as they are today. My parents didn’t buy clothes online or post our family photos on social media. I didn’t watch cartoons on YouTube or play games on the tablet. My playroom was outside in the parking lot and near by bushes and it was like that until I went to primary school. On a rainy day my mother would cover the whole living room floor with newspaper, prepare some water colours, and I would paint for hours. It was very different and stress free. It was less of a worry for parents as well because they didn’t need to think about the very dangerous modern technology.
As a mother, I am very aware that I have to educate myself and learn about all aspects of technology. This will enable me to teach and protect my child when the time comes for her to explore that part of the world. My daughter is only 18 months now, but I see that she is very curious and at that stage of observation where she copies everything. At this age, it is very important that we monitor the kind of information they take in. And of course, the older they get the more they get exposed to the new modern world. It starts with us parents because we are the role models for our children.
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