Why We Need to Stop Tech Shaming Our Kids / My Rant About It. Sarah Speaks Out


Sunshine and Hurricanes : Why We Need To Stop Tech  Shaming Our Kids

 From Sarah:I am guilty of this. I have posted many times about cellphones and internet And FAMILY TIME.  I still plan to. 

What we often forget is :We are the ones who ALLOWED much of it. We are rhe the ones who first got  the cell phones. We are the ones who usually buy our children their first computer and cell phone.

  • In my case, Bobby actually bought my first computer and then got me my first cell phone after 911. We were both late to the computer age. I learned how to use them when I taught school. Bobby was taught there as well.
  • Neither of us had ever liked Games. Pokeman and the like. 
  • We were both outdoor people. Or we read a book. Used the library. Encyclopedias. I miss them.
  • This generation has the world at their finger tips.
  • So do we. 

We need to give our young ones lessons on how to use the internet. We need to TEACH BY EXAMPLE.

Children today seldom play outside. I have said that more than once. And it is true for many. 

Yet, back when Bobby grew up or even when I grew up….. NOT everyone played outside. 

As parents and leaders it is our responsibility to get them outside. 

It is easy to jump to conclusions.

I am thankful I grew up when I did. That being said….. I would have loved the internet. Ebook . Research. Recipes. Learning. Teaching. 

17 Comments Add yours

  1. neilirving says:

    I would have loved the Internet when I was young, we used to build and restore classic cars, it took us year finding parts and information lol even pictures of what we where doing, I think kids will always grow up using the tools at hand for the environment and world they are growing up in, the next generation will be different again 🙂

    1. Neil, I would have loved it as well. It opens up our world for us.
      It is also the parent’s responsibility to teach their child. They should have guidelines. Playtime without it. The internet is fun.

      1. neilirving says:

        The world is definitely at our finger tips, thankfully our kids have lots of interests and friends and we live where we do 🙂

        1. You are fortunate in many ways. So are we. I am enjoying this conversation. It’s been way too long.

          1. neilirving says:

            We are lucky to live where we do, a 15 minute train ride from Liverpool and still surrounded by fields and woods, Been thinking about people and technology over the last couple of days, I was having coffee at a street cafe watching the world go by and the amount of people, adults and kids all with there heads down looking at phone’s, now surely they can’t all be looking for Pokemon’s lol, watching whole family’s on there phone’s while they supposed to be out enjoying themselves, we try and have technology free times as often as possible, meal times and when we are spending evening sat in the garden lol but conversations and discussions sometimes need the help of Google 🙂

            1. Danny and I are on the Internet alot. But when we are together for family time. It’s off.

            2. Family time is too important

            3. Google has its place. Like an encyclopedia back in my day. To look things up and add to the discussion.

              1. neilirving says:

                When we bought our first house we had a encyclopedia sales man knock at the door, I so wanted all 10 books he was selling, all I could think about was all the information I could share with the kids when we started a family, we didn’t buy them to expensive and would have taken up to much space, two years on we had our son and got our first computer, what a game changer all that information in a small box in the corner of the room, the encyclopedias where soon forgotten, Google has been good for the kids just like an encyclopedia they have learned to look up information for themselves and learned not to necessarily accept the first answer and to cross reference things 😉

                1. My grandfather was one of the managing editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. We always had a fairly new set. Plus we had most of the others as well.
                  I actually miss them.

                  1. neilirving says:

                    There’s something quite satisfying about picking up an encyclopedia and randomly opening it up, my grandad parents always had them and fond memories of having them big books that seemed almost as big as me 🙂

                    1. The computer age is wonderful but I will always miss my huge collection of books.

                    2. neilirving says:

                      Spent many years replacing my books with digital copies, I’ve done the same with all our family photos as well, I have all of my parents photos and grandparents on both sides scanned and in two online storage accounts, also converted all of our cds to mp3 and then backed up on line to Google Play Music (free storage for 20 thousand songs) it’s amazing how clutter free the house is with books, cds, and photo album’s in storage 🙂

                    3. I wish I would have backed up all my photos. I lost all of them.

                    4. neilirving says:

                      That’s devastating, I’m a little obsessed with backing everything up on line, my Google account backs up photos from my phone automatically, free unlimited storage on what they call standard resolution which is ideal for family photos, I pay for a Flickr account account for everything else, Google drive (free with a gmail Google account) 16gig is brilliant for everything, even has a really good document editor, I have copies of everything from cv’s to passports and certificates

                    5. I am obsessed now.
                      Facebook was just getting started back then. I was just going digital. Too late as it turned out.

                    6. neilirving says:

                      We where slow going over to technology, liked making things and owning stuff, now I prefer to have my little world in my pocket 🙂

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