Yesterday was the Carnival of Natural Parenting with the theme of kids and technology. My post at Living Montessori Now was on the “Positive Use of Technology with Kids.” I shared a number of resources to help families make decisions about their children’s use of technology.
I also mentioned a thought-provoking and disturbing post at the Atlantic called “The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World.” It talks about our use of technology and how it affects our children. It says: “Kids learn empathy in part through eye contact and gaze. If kids are learning empathy through eye contact, and our eye contact is with devices, they will miss out on empathy.”
Even though my kids are grown, I have to think about that with my soon-to-be-born grandchild. For those of us who work online, we need to make an extra effort to be present around our loved ones.
Here’s a thought-provoking 2-minute video that shows dramatically why we’re having a hard time being present.
UPDATE: Don’t miss the important information in this post: “Don’t Let Your Smartphone or Tablet Steal Your Precious Family Time.”
Have you found ways to stay present around your family and friends?
Photo Credit: Stock Photo by Diego Cervo.
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