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Guilty as Charged

By Suvenchow
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I've never been a fan of children who constantly have their face stuck on to techno-gadget. I don't find it amusing that a child of less than a year old can expertly maneuver applications on the iPad.
Having said that, my kid is almost two and she definitely knows her way around iPad world, something I'm not very proud of. But as a single mom (most of the time), I find myself succumbing to gadget bribing (tv, iPad, iPhone, etc) to keep her busy for an hour or so almost everyday so that I can get things done, like cooking, washing the dishes, or have five minutes of peaceful driving. But to ease my guilt, I make sure she gets a few hours outdoors, whether it's to the park, the mall or the zoo, at least she gets some form of human interaction.
If you have time to spare, here's a great article from the New York Times about the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a school that houses kids from the directors of big multi-national technology companies such as Ebay, Google, Hewlett-Packard, etc. The ironic thing about Waldorf schools? Its "chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the schools even frowns on their use at home."
I'd love for my kids to grow up without having to depend on technology. I want them to play in the sandbox, get their hands sticky with water colours, and explore nature with millipedes around their wrists. Little Miss Bébé currently attends Premontes Playgroup at Perth Montessori, which is quite good as a learn through play education ground, but I'm contemplating trying out the Waldorf School  as well, to see which one suits her learning style better.
What's your take on technology and kid's social development nowadays?

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