The law is the same here in Ohio...seatbelts mandatory, helmets optional. I have never understood that logic.
I think you are right about finding the happy medium with kids. You have to let them explore while you try to shelter them...lol. Experience is important for kids, and I remember having way TOO much freedom as a kid...so I try to give my kids a somewhere in between place.
I also had the harness and tether for my son when he was younger; I don't think he would go for one these days...even if it were attached to an iPad...
@SunitaT- Agree and sometimes i feel that it's not just the latest technologies that attracting young minds but it has somehow become the status symbol to carry these expensive gadgets along with them.
If a child has an android phone,a tablet,X-box, only then he deserves to be called classy among his/her peers otherwise he/she is old fashioned!
The way they use and function smartphones sometimes really astonishes me.They know exactly how to use these gadgets.
@nasimson, true. Todays kids know very well how to operate gadgets. Infact many parents teach their parents how to operate new gadgets. But parents should make should make sure that kids learn other necessary skills as well and not just technology.
@Kiran, good one. But that is the reailty. Every one is hooked to one or the other gadget and finally it puts lot of financial stress on the family. I really hope people will take this recession as lesson learnt and avoid lavish spending.
I don't have a feeling that a general IQ of generation raises, thought I don't have a feeling that it drops either.
@Masha, according to Flynn effect IQ of generation raises. IQ gains have been mixed for different countries. In general, countries have seen generational increases between 5 and 25 points. And some of the possible reason for this are education, better nutrition and societal changes.
exactly. Balance is the key word here. becuase we all need to have that in our life, technical and social and also our personal, not even child, even if elderly people spend too much time on devices and neglect social and family life, that too is unjust. Also we must all participate in physical activites once a while to not be too much dependent on gadgets.
My neighbour's daughter who is just 5-6 years old plays 'ANGRY BIRDS' game better than me. She has managed to clear so many levels that I may not even dream of in the wildest of my dreams."
They are true gamers i must say! Afterall love and addiction for these latest technologies and games like temple run,angry birds is in their genes.The way they use and function smartphones sometimes really astonishes me.They know exactly how to use these gadgets.
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