Happy and Free childhood – Say No to So much Screen time

Free and happy childhood also includes dirty dresses and stained hands.

What do you remember about your childhood?

I can remember pretend playing ‘kitchen & cooking’ with sand and grass and wild flowers.

I can remember pretending to be a mom for a doll and stitching dresses and combing its long hair.

I can remember dirt stains on my palms, and feet.

Now … What will our kids’ answer be if we ask them the same question?

Most of them can only remember screens. Their childhood had become digitalized.

Childhood is a time for swings and see-saws and dirty dresses…but our kid’s childhood is neatly packed inside smart screens.

Oh, in the era of technology, is it even possible to raise our kids without the influence of YouTube, iPad or the TV?

Mostly No. But yes, we can say no to screens as much as possible.

I have seen children holed up in front of videos and endless rhymes, plugging their computer on and surfing through the web all on their own. And sometimes it feels like they are so lost in it, lost in this world full of evil, worthless things when they can spend it much more usefully.

They don’t play sports, they don’t read books, they don’t talk and laugh on jokes, they don’t run around and make a mess. Not so much. Not anymore.

They play, of course, only Call of Duty. They don’t ride bicycles, unless they are manoeuvring it with buttons on their phone. They don’t want to run and race, unless they are playing Subway Surfers. They don’t make a mess of paint on the floor, because their iPad has a colouring app. They have a virtual Barbie doll that they play with in their free time.

It makes me feel sad that they are shackled by technology, that they are losing the real taste of childhood hiding behind their smartphones!

There’s no time for them to dirty their feet on dusty roads, no time for playing with the sand they heap on the roadside, no time for cooking with sand and grass in their make believe kitchen.

Are they too classy, too grown up these days to do such silly, childish things!?

‘Isn’t it so awesome that my little girl can search and find videos on YouTube all by herself?’, I have heard parents proudly saying. Oh yes. But not as awesome as that said li’l girl playing with a doll, braiding its hair.

They only have one childhood. They will have enough time with their screens later on, when they grow up…

With technology our children are drowning too fast in the world which is not only good, but also filled with dirty, evil things.

Of course, technology has its uses, but I don’t see the need to buy a two year old kid his own iPad. I don’t see the need for a five year old to open YouTube and find rhymes on her own. Because…there are not just rhymes there. There are crude, unwanted and potentially dangerous things in there, which can corrupt our kids’ minds. (Stay safe in social media)

You sit and watch a drama where a man talks of harassing a woman with your little boy, and he gets the idea that it is okay to harass girls, because it is shown on the TV. You are, unknowingly, becoming the reason for the first bad thought in his innocent mind. They are still too young to distinguish right from wrong. So young, that unwanted things can easily get imprinted on their brain.

Gosh. What are we doing? Pushing our children towards that kind of environment, pushing them towards something that can destroy their innocence at such an early age!

“What do you know? He will not eat unless given the remote control for the television! She will not do her homework unless promised an hour on her iPad.” Yes. Yes. I know. I have heard these complaints quite a few times. I have the same ones, too.

But…

Wasn’t it ‘you and me’ who first pushed her in front of the television and asked her to watch Power Rangers without noise when we were cooking and she was getting in the way, clanging the utensils, disrupting our peace?

Wasn’t it us, who first pushed the iPad in his little hands when you were trying to feed him, and he was sitting there, lips pursed tight, shaking his head from side to side and damn it, we have more than enough on our plate already?

Yup. It is US, who first thrust them towards the screen, and now we are complaining.

It is okay for half an hour of story time through videos, with you by her side. It is okay to be on the iPad, with the two of you bent together, playing and chatting. But 24×7, them being alone and unattended in front of screens, not so okay!

No, of course, motherhood is not easy. But we must not think of taking an easy route with technology, so early in their growth. It will hinder their progress, break their mind. It may even destroy their innocence too early in the game.

Let them fly, find new skies (show them how to). Let them run and get new wounds. Let them paint, including their faces. Let them get dirty and wet. Let them be children, without any shackles of TV, iPad etc…

Because childhood is too precious to lose in front of screens!

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