Jordanstoddard - posted on 09/28/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )
Good evening Mothers,
My name is Jordan, I am an artist and computer nerd. I wondered if we could start a conversation about technology, and how it plays into the lives of children.
When making the observation of how technology is being inundated into everyday life, flooded with useless apps and littered with hidden fees, I started to wonder why??? I know we "adults" use technology for many practical things, but do the children?
I never thought to ask how these apps might impact children and their social behavior, or how children with special needs might react, or any of the unknowns that come with being a child in today's world... You should know I am not a parent. (yet) one day...
I recently brought an app I designed to Comic Con in Salt Lake City, where I manned a booth and spoke to many different parents, some teachers, a doctor or two and a few comic book characters. This app is not your typical app it takes interacting with the tablet down quite a few pegs. In fact it promotes being in the real world and using the creative mind.
I thought this app was just going to be silly. You know, kids having fun and adults seeing a way they can use it as a family. Which they did, but there were those who saw a lot more. Which I will share with you as this discussion takes place.
I would like to first talk about this topic. Because as far as topics go this one is bigger than meets the eye, and when you mix in a dash of something you never before considered, the topic can almost become unreal. Which is what happened to me during my silly beta test at Comic Con.
Perhaps to open the discussion I could ask questions, however please share ANYTHING you feel to be valid.
How do you feel about your children using a tablet/smartphone?
How do you feel about what your child thinks a tablet/smartphone is to them emotionally?
What do you notice about having smart devices around vs. not having them around?
I am really looking forward to your feedback on this. I believe this is something that can move in a very positive direction as a physical action if more people understood the desired results.