Introducing a world beyond technology for your child
In contrast with the last generation, most children today live a fairly routine and sadly, boring life. In this current era of technology, children as young as 2 years old know precisely how to use a tablet, an i-pad and a phone. It is often entertaining to watch a 3 year old teach their somewhat technologically deficit parent how to operate the latest gadgets. The last generation looked forward to their evenings after school, playing in the streets, getting dirty, making friends and learning incredible new things about the world, simply by experiencing it.
On the contrary however, today’s children live a very different life. Their days are a routine of school, homework and hours in front of a computer screen either in the form of video games or social media. It is a sad reality of the 21st century that children do not crave interaction with other children of their own age and do not venture out into the world to discover their own. Hours upon hours cooped up inside their bedrooms playing games, often violent games, can lead to incomplete development of the mind.
Weaning your child away from technology
Interaction with other children of the same age molds a child’s personality and gives them an aura of confidence that will benefit them in later life. Molding sculptures from pieces of clay, planting seeds, play cooking and games of cricket are all part of an experiential learning experience that your child needs for essential brain development. In order to pull your child away from their addiction to technology, it is important to enroll your child in after and out of school activities such as sports, clubs, school camps, excellent angelina ballerina and drama. A wide range of activities will help your child identify his talents and strong points.
At first, your child may not show interest in participating in such activities. However, as time goes by and your child comes to know himself, he will come to realise he does enjoy certain activities. Once your child has identified his key interests you may remove him from other activities if he prefers. Significant child learning experience such as school camps are generally a technology free zone where your child will have to learn to live without his gadgets. He will learn to amuse himself with simpler things, games and conversation that will stimulate his mind. Less time spend with his computer and his games will mold his mind in to being less dependent on technology.
As extra-curricular activities begin to take up more of your child’s time you should also take steps to slowly lessen his interaction with technology even further during his time at home. Encourage family dinners, kids’ dinner nights where your kids create a simple meal for the family, family movie night and old time games like monopoly, scrabble and Uno.