Are your kids begging you to buy them a tablet, Wii, or smartphone? Here are 5 reasons you should say no, in reverse order of importance.
5. All your friends and neighbors regret they gave in.
Have you talked to any parent who has said, “I’m so glad we bought our son video games?” or, “I wish our daughter spent more time texting?” Although this may not be true of our society as a whole, every relative, homeschool parent, and friend I have discussed the subject with tells me, “Don’t do it.”
4. Kids with more screen time are less healthy.
The more time kids spend with digital devices, the less time they are running around or getting fresh air. Instead of playing virtual ball, your kids should be outside with a real bat.
3. They will read less often.
Whether reading ebooks is as beneficial to kids’ education and reading levels as print books is still being debated. But in general, the more digital devices a child uses, the less time he spends reading. After all, there are only so many hours in a day. Kids who are bored would traditionally pick up a book to pass the time. Now they pick up a tablet.
2. It will harm their ability to relate to others.
Life is about relationships, not activities. Children need to be engaging others in conversation, and working and playing with others. Don’t let machines be their best friends.
1. They won’t be able to practice mental prayer.
This is vitally important! Too much sensory stimulation, whether from TV, loud music, or the internet, damages kids’ ability to concentrate. If you are constantly distracted, how can you spend half an hour in quiet time with God? Mental prayer is the key to holiness. Don’t deprive your kids of it for the sake of keeping up with their peers!
Share with us: Have you given in? What results have you seen? If you have stood firm, what are your reasons?