Is technology robbing our children of their childhood?
Ok, this is my first post so please be kind ;) Anyway, I am an 80's kid/90's teenager, and I remember a childhood where I actually PLAYED! And when I became too old to "PLAY" I still SOCIALLY interacted with my friends. Now, I have been raising children since 2004 when I married DH who had custody of his three children and we had 2 more. So I have been parenting with age ranges from now 20 yr old being the oldest and 2 yr old being the youngest. I don't know if this is just an isolated incident in our house or if any of you have experienced this too, but my children NEVER ask to play! The will do the things they are responsible for doing their chores and always do what they're told when asked, but when they have their down time the iPads/iPods come flying out. I will own up to the fact that we are not strict about their use of these items and when we do tell them to put something away they do. However, when they do they just sit there like they have no other idea of how to entertain themselves. They never ask to have friends over or to go to friends houses. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? And, I'm not talking the social interaction from extra curricular sports or activities.
I think how I'm going to try to resolve it is by discussing with my mom friends that have children that my kids know if they would be interested in some sort of program to get the kids active and socializing again. My first rule will be NO TECHNOLOGY! I know if I can peak an interst it will a lot of work. I know people may say what if there's an emergency? That's why I need to seek as many parent that I know and see if there is an interest so in the event of an emergency they can contact one of us! There! Problem solved. I don't know if it will work, but I'm willing to try. I have memories of a childhood, where is my children's memories going to be of a specific app they used at a time period in their life?
Edit! First, thank you all for your comments! As I said, I completely own up to the fact that we don't restrict their usage of technology. They know grades and responsibilities are a MUST or else those privileges are gone! Actually, RIGHT after I submitted this post I put my iPad down, turned it off and collected the girls, lil guy was sleeping. I told them to turn off their devices and GO OUT SIDE TO PLAY!!! I told them get some board games, or play in the yard or read a book. They chose to give each other make overs lol. Oh did they have a great time :). Then we went and visited family friends, we all had dinner together and they interacted with each other and not one computer was seen. I did tell them things are going to change. I told them that I didn't want them growing up thinking they had a pathetic excuse for a childhood. No they aren't banned from technology, it's just not going to be their best friends.