Many people have a hard time understanding why we limit screen time (movies, TV, video games, and all devices) for our children. I understand that lots of kids use all kinds of devices to learn and interact with the world. I also know that the TV can be a great babysitter. There are lots of reasons why I think it’s a good idea to limit how much time our kids spend on these things, but I think that one of the most interesting is that Steve Jobs himself, the guy who invented the iPad, did not let his kids use devices. Instead he actually filled his house with physical books for them to read. Jobs was one of the great creative geniuses of our time, and yet he realized that childhood was not the time to be playing with these things.
So what did those kids do instead of playing on their devices?
Jobs’s biographer is quoted in the article:
“Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things […] No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.”
It’s worth thinking about.
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