Tech parents love their children more than they love their customers:
Children of Big Tech entrepreneurs from eBay, Apple, Uber and Google attend Waldorf schools – where technology is not allowed on campus or in classrooms. Waldorf schools teach complicated concepts like the Sciences and math using story telling, hands-on activities and play. Their Wikipedia page says, “The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence.”
This is an excerpt from a The Times article written by British political journalist Alice Thomson, “Melinda Gates’ children did not have smart phones until they turned 14 and only used computer in the kitchen. Her husband Bill spends hours in his office reading books. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says he wants his daughters to read Dr. Seuss and play outside rather than use Messenger Kids. Even Steve Jobs strictly limited his children’s use of technology at home. The more money you can make out of the tech industry, the more you appear to shield your family from its effects.”
Question we must ask Silicon Valley:
If tech-free schools like Waldorf are the most sought after in Silicon valley and Billionaire Tech parents are hiding their children from technology, what are these parents not telling us about the urgent and aggressive manner in which Big Tech is being introduced across all public schools, homes and communities across the world?
Here is the status of the use of tech in homes and public places in America, as per the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2018)
“In 2015, about 71 percent of children ages 3 to 18 used the Internet. Among these children, 86 percent used the Internet at home; 65 percent used it at school; 31 percent used it at someone else’s home; 27 percent used it at a library, community center, or other public place; and 14 percent used it at a coffee shop or other business offering internet access. In addition, 27 percent of these children used the Internet while traveling between places.”
Awareness Is Empowerment:
Big Tech might recommend self regulation around tech. We all know children for that matter even adults don’t seem to have the discerning power and the ability to self discipline ourselves around technology. And as we by now know, its not entirely our lack of will power because we’re competing against Big Tech’s engineered addiction.
Tech moguls are giving their children books while they are handing our children the latest and the greatest smart phones. Why?
Here’s an open letter to Apple Inc. from JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System in January of 2018. The letter demanded that research-backed studies be implemented to see the effects of constant screen time on child development. Make your own judgment call: https://thinkdifferentlyaboutkids.com
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