Conscious Thoughts

Are Children Missing Out In Their Childhood In This Day And Age Of Technology?

Written by Jina S. Bazzar

How far will technology go?

Gone are the days when kids would wake up with the early birds, pick up their favorite ball or bicycle then go out to gather their friends to play.

Now a days, kids want to wake up late, watch the latest show on TV, and play the latest game on their Play Stations. Around two decades ago, only important entrepreneurs carried a foot-sized cell phone on their person, today, a ten year old carries with them the latest smart phone the industry’s produced.

As a person who has lived a fulfilling childhood playing ball, climbing trees, hiking, bicycle trailing, swimming, and taking all the advantages a child could, I feel like children now a days are missing out in their childhood, cooped inside their homes with some sort of gadget technology has spawned.

Back in the day when my grandparents were children, they passed their time helping with the crop, the animals, the household chores. They missed those days when they grew older, and my parents recall fondly bearing the edges of the grunt work their parents used to do.

So despite feeling like children are missing out in their childhood today, I tell myself that every generation has its own time, its own trends.

I provide my children with the means to spend half their time cooped inside the house, and it’s my responsibility to limit how much they can stare at a screen.

It might not be as healthy and refreshing as a childhood spent running around, but when I look back twenty to twenty five years ago, I realize that only the most sophisticated schools offered computer classes. Today, textbooks are being replaced by iPads.

So I understand that if technology has progressed this much in a handful of years, I also know that it will be an integral, crucial part of their future, more so than it is today.

About the author

Jina S. Bazzar

Jina was born in a small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she had a fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that eventually caused her to go blind. Currently she lives in the middle east with her mother and three kids.