Handheld Devices For Kids – Do or Don’t?

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handheld devices for kidsMost people will have an opinion one way or the other when it comes to kids using technology. After an article was published on the Huffington Post about the ‘dangers’ of children under 12 utilising handheld devices and calling for them to be banned until they are older, the internet was awash with opinions and emotions running high.

There were balanced comments as well as strongly held opinions one way or the other. I myself have a fairly strong view on whether children should be encouraged to embrace technology or not. You probably only need to read my article on Bo And Yana by Play-i to see which way my loyalties swing.

My biggest concern is that the comments and opinions that have been expressed attack not only other people’s opinions but also their parenting and some even go so far as to question other peoples ability to parent at all.

Here are some examples of the comments posted in regard to the articles mentioned in this post;

You present some of the best-worded and well-thought-out rationalizations for why you can’t parent as one should, by interacting with their children.


Parents are to blame, they just want their kids quite and happy…I never had any of that stuff ever in my house, not even a toy gun.. when they moved out one bought a console and the other could not be bothered anyhow…ridiculous what parents are doing to get out of parenting…you only have the kids for such a short time (17-20) years of your life..and you could live till 80…do the work.

Now, this is just wrong!

As parents we have enough guilt brewing within, the last thing we need in more guilt being thrown from the sidelines. Constructive conversations are just that, constructive conversations where everyone has an opinion and those opinions (whether agreed with or not) are accepted as part of the dialogue.

As a rebuttal to the Huffington Post article, entitled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12, an article posted to the Hipmombrarian’s Blog entitled 10 Reasons Why I Will Continue To Give My Children Handheld Devices gives an alternative perspective from a mother’s point of view.

If you haven’t read the articles I urge you to take the time to do so, then form your own opinion. Please feel free to comment below but keep it nice. We are all entitled to our opinions, just as we are all entitled to raise our children in the best ways we see fit.

The absolute key thing to take away from both articles is that moderation is key and a balance of life experiences will engage, encourage and empower your children to embrace life and all it has to offer!



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