Is home technology ruining our kids?

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Sitting with my daughter on the sofa this weekend, she picked up my latest copy of Time magazine (which is my little luxury in life) and asked “Who’s that man, Mummy?” She was pointing to the man pictured on the front cover. “That’s Steve Jobs,” I answered. “He was a very important inventor – he created the Apple brand, which makes lovely computers and mobile phones like Daddy’s.” “Hmmm,” she mused, “Steve Jobs, Apple…important man”.

 An hour or two later, my daughter went back to the magazine, picked it up and said: “Steve Jobs…Apple…makes ‘puters and mobile phones”. I’m not completely sure that she knew what she was talking about, and I’m sure me calling Steve Jobs “important” had appealed to her as it’s currently one of her favourite, most over-used words; but I found her recall of the conversation to be extremely poignant. The fact that he was a man who made computers and mobile phones made sense to her, at the impressionable age of 2.5 years. This is the world that she’s growing up in; a world that’s filled with gadgets and devices, providing her with always-on, ubiquitous access to information, video, music, communications etc. Read More

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