|Frying their brains... or learning skills?|
From our experiences with our children, we see that there are different ways that different people 'do' different things. One kid can watch a TV show and sink into a stupor of unthinking blobness while another kid can watch that exact same show and think about how the lighting bounces off the puppets, how the camera angle makes such a big difference in the 'feel' of the shot, and wonder the whole time how they can replicate the set to produce their own 'movie' of the same quality. It makes us wonder if the activity (in this case TV watching) is bad for our children, or if there are WAYS to watch TV that are bad for our children. It makes us wonder if a better question than 'how much screen time' might be 'how is each individual child handling screen time'.
|Violently creative? Or creatively violent?|
We spoke with our friend, Loreal, and some good points emerged. People, we concluded, are individuals. Rules for one child might not be exactly right for another child. Life should be lived fluidly and if there are indications that too much internet, device, or digital entertainment time is happening we can simply stop allowing so much... Maybe instead of spending so much time discussing and thinking about the damage that certain things do to our children's minds we might look at our children, in the moment, and efficiently diagnose the immediate, present situation and respond to that...
|Our children can still hold pencils!|
Some of our children spend time on their screens and then produce all manners of artworks, music, writings and ideas around what they have watched or played. Some of our children only complain about how bored they are when they are not allowed to play with their device. Guess which ones we allow to spend more time in front of their screens?
|...and are adept agents of espionage!|