The screen invasion is all too real! While technology certainly has an appropriate place in our children’s lives, these days the amount of time they spend on devices often teeters over the top of what is good for them. Scientific research increasingly supports the crucial need for screen-free time, both for thriving in the moment and to develop to their highest potential.We’ve given a snapshot of the evidence here: 5 Scientifically Backed Benefits of Screen Free Time for Kids.
Still skeptical? How about looking to tech titans. Dozens of executives at the ultimate screen-pushing technology companies have spoken out against the dangers of too much screen time for kids!
Check out what these three have to say:
Everyone loves a good tablet! The iPad makes life easier for millions of parents, teachers, and other caregivers alike. So, you’d think that Apple’s genius founder and former CEO, the legendary Steve Jobs, would be all for his children using it, right? Wrong! Steve was actually a committed low-tech parent, and public admitted eschewing their use of his products. When asked if his children loved the iPad he responded, “They haven’t used it…We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” [NY Times] Sounds like Jobs was as visionary at home as he was at work!
Another high level Apple employee, the current CEO, has also indicated that he limits screen-time for his little ones. Tim Cook is on record stating, “There are are still concepts that you want to talk about and understand. In a course on literature, do I think you should use technology a lot? Probably not…I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.” [The Guardian]
Melinda & Bill Gates
Melinda Gates, educational pioneer and wife of Microsoft’s founder and billionaire Bill Gates, also warned about the dangers of screen-time and reports that she wasn’t prepared about the effect it had on her kids [Washington Post]. Additionally, Bill has explained how strictly he regulates screen-time for kids in his household, with rules like forbidding phones until age 14, banning phones at dinner, and limiting phones before bed [Business Insider].
Superstar technologists like these understand the impacts of devices on our children better than anyone, so we can look at how they’re raising their children as examples. Read more about the Silicon Valley backlash to screen-time, from hundreds of executives, here.