Most people know that the late Steve Jobs enthusiastically filled the world with gadgets (iPod, iPad, and iPhone) that transformed the way most people listen to music, entertain themselves and communicate. However, many people are unaware that he deliberately regulated his daughters’ exposure to computers and technology products. Steve Jobs wasn’t alone as there are a growing number of high-tech executives who also take measures to limit their children’s exposure to the technology they produce, design and market. Key factors behind these decisions are the technology’s overwhelming attraction and addiction which distract children from developing all their talents. Steve Jobs thought that limiting his daughters’ computer use would help them develop a love for creative expression. What parents need to do is let children be children. Children need to grow with all the interacting, creativity and spontaneity of childhood. They need to do things like play games, eat together as a family and solve problems together.
One of the major problems arising from overuse and overexposure to technology (computers, tablets, smartphones) is lack of patience and inability to focus. This is becoming a growing problem as technology is nowadays so pervasive and seems to have invaded every part of our life. The ability to pay attention is an essential skill for success in school and in reaching life goals. Life is full of distractions, and the fast pace of living makes focusing difficult for children.
What can you do to help your child develop the skill of focusing?
Children are increasingly having more difficulty paying attention. The many distractions of life’s rapid pace and overuse of technology are two factors influencing this trend. Paying attention, like most behaviour skills, is learned gradually, but it is crucial for reaching life’s goals. You can encourage your child to engage in activities that will promote their ability to focus.