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 many other factors that need to be taken into consideration.
With peer pressure and other outside influences being part of the equation, many parents may struggle to understand how they can tap into their children’s lives, without them having to compete with the latest technology, such as mobile phones, iPads and games consoles and how they can help to bring about less challenging emotional outcomes for their children in today’s world.
Technology has the ability to cause more stress, but with many outside influences and challenges, it is not surprising children use technology as a retreat. With technology at their fingertips, children have learned a different way to communicate with their families.
Although children’s values are often based on their parents’ values, those values don’t always seem to tie in with how they live their lives. Growing up my 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 played and interacted with other children without the need for technology and whilst it’s good to have some technology in our lives, I think we continue to rely on technology too much. 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 may 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 may have been taught. It’s sad children seem focused on technology and may often forget what it means to have a real relationship that doesn’t include the latest gadget.
Unfortunately, this can make them insensitive to other people’s needs, whilst making themselves detached, insular and insensitive.