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The same parents hand their children electronic devices like they are pacifiers so they themselves can stare at a electronic device without interruption. “Here, take this and don’t bother me” is the feeling I get when I see parents with their children in a restaurant. Everyone looking down at their phones and tablets. Parents shocked that children mimic their parent’s behavior.
Children are a product of their environment.
When you see a group of kids walking down the street, almost none are conversing with each other but instead they got their total attention and little beaks in the smartphone.
My granddaughter is like this and the 20 month old is becoming so! The Chinese already know the internet, gaming, electronics are habit forming just like drugs.
I’ve been hearing more about these “wait for 16” groups where parents are getting together with their students kindergarten or first grade classes and making pacts for no cell phones until they’re kids are 16. That way there isn’t the peer pressure to get your kids hooked on the device early. The more of this the better for the future
Why the blame on China? Everyone knows it.
If Parents are just noticing this. Pretty obvious who the Zombies are. Too bad their parents didn’t notice it.
This is simply so easy to agree as you have stated.
One thought is that this article tries to state in support of the embedded sub “by-line” that schools are there at the rescue is so blatantly false.
My kid has this fun Friday event and was pining to take a smart device to school to feel included and not judged. The school promotes this event that is supposed to be a rewards based enabler for them. The problem I point out is that the kids are comparing and rating themselves as to the devices they have (my Boy is 9). All the while, when this disparity of being without is cascaded onto those children that “have not”, this judgemental attitude that is indirectly being fostered by this fun Friday event is totally missed when pointed out to the educator expressly, with the principal and superintendent all at the same time in this conversation.
It seems that as always, these educators always come in at the end to try to take credit in saving the day just like doctors who prescriibe you a pill or shot in the arm that mask the issue.
Yes, first and foremost, it is active and engaged parenting that is lacking.
Having children is easy. Parenting involves actual work.
7 of 10 kids think their parents are internet zombies
Great article and very necessary…I have coined a few terms concerning people and their use of the internet, devices, and social media…Devices Zombies, Device Induced Autism and my favorite, Tik Tok Induced Retardation Syndrome (which sadly, is oftentimes fatal).
A study was needed to find this out? How much money was wasted?
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