Now? I still have young-ish kids, and attempting to keep them mostly screen-free is becoming a somewhat quixotic quest, one that -- at times -- almost makes me weep. Their friends come over with the Internet in their pockets. I have to confiscate smartphones and similar devices at the door. (Yes, I'm THAT mom.) Of course, at their friends' houses, there are probably different rules. I have to trust that the parents at least restrict the kids to somewhat harmless content.
|Healthier than Minecraft. Really.|
You see, staring at a screen makes the child a consumer, not a creator. I've watched my kids playing, and I'm not impressed with what I see. The child behaves like a sophisticated sort of lab rat, trained to push the right levers to get its rewards. The body posture, the focus on the screen, the jerky movements, the constant pushing to the next level - NOT NORMAL. These games, fun as they might be, are only poor 21st-century substitutes for real play.
Real play - does anyone even know what that is, anymore?
[Child with IPad: The Telegraph]