Unfortunately, the world I grew up in isn’t the world my children are growing up in, when it comes to the modern world and technology.
In a way it’s not altogether bad that we live in a technological world, but it’s not an altogether good thing either, because it has changed the way children interact with others. Although technology has become the catalyst for the way we communicate, there are so many other factors that need to be taken into consideration.
Unfortunately, with peer pressure and other outside influences being part of the equation, for many parents we struggle to understand how we can tap into our children’s lives, without us having to compete with the latest technology, such as mobile phones, iPads and games consoles and how we can help to bring about less challenging emotional outcomes for our children in today’s world.
I believe technology has the ability to cause more stress, but with so many outside influences and challenges, it’s not surprising children use technology as a retreat to ignore some of their issues. Unfortunately, with technology at their fingertips, children have learned a different way to communicate with their families and when they do communicate, it’s done through i.message or text.
Although children’s values are based on their parents’ values, those values unfortunately don’t seem to tie in with how they live their lives. Growing up our values were based on people, not things. We didn’t have technology in the way children have technology today. We amused ourselves and in doing so our lives were simple, less stressful. We cared more.
We played and interacted with others without the need for technology and whilst I agree it’s good to have some technology in our lives, I think we continue to rely on technology too much now. We’re too focused on reading what our friends have to say on Whatsapp, more than we do from someone who is next to us in the same room.
Instead of picking up a phone, children simply use Whatsapp and other social media sites to communicate. With a completely different tech world in front of them, their values don’t reflect what they’ve been taught, even though the majority of parents still continue to instil those values in them.
I find it sad that children seem completely focused on technology and forget what it means to have a real relationship that doesn’t include the latest gadget too.
Unfortunately, this can make them totally insensitive to other people’s needs, whilst making themselves detached, insular and insensitive.