Choose nature’s ‘Playstation’, how technology is robbing your child of imagination, creativity and wonder

“If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up our children for incomplete, handicapped lives devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder when we hook them onto technology at an early age. We were the last generation to play outside precisely because we didn’t have smartphones and laptops. We learned from movement, hands-on interaction, and we absorbed information through books and socialization with other humans as opposed to a Google search.” The Mind Unleashed

Many computer games, for example, offer little opportunity for decision making or embracing responsibility, and they tend to stifle creativity and self-expression When confined to the indoors, children are more apt to be receivers of entertainment rather than creative, self-reliant, and independent individuals. In contrast, outdoor play activities tend to be more open-ended, allowing children to become more immersed in the activity and less dependent on their parents and other adults

Many children today are overly passive in nature: they amuse themselves in front of television sets, push buttons on computer games, and use remote controls to move electronic toys, thus isolating themselves from peer groups. The development of the child’s perceptual abilities may suffer when many of their pastimes are activities that only require two senses.

Most parents and educators agree that outdoor play is a natural and critical part

of a child’s healthy development. Through freely chosen outdoor play activities

children learn some of the skills necessary for adult life, including social competence, problem solving, creative thinking, and safety skills. When playing outdoors, children grow emotionally and academically by developing an appreciation for the environment, participating in imaginative play.

Between the ages of three and 12 a child’s body experiences its greatest physical growth, as demonstrated by the child’s urge to run, climb, and jump in outdoor spaces. Such vigorous movements and play activities can not only enhance muscle growth, but also support the growth of the child’s heart and lungs as well as all other vital organs essential for normal physical development. For example, active play stimulates the child’s digestive system and helps improve appetite, ensuring continued strength and bodily growth. Vigorous outdoor play activities also increase the growth and development of the fundamental nervous centres in the brain for clearer thought and increased learning.

Even Steve Jobs limited the amount of technology in his home……. In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Steve Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”

Steve responded:

“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules…  That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”



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