Technology at the dinner table

Tech to stop technology at the dinner table?

Recently saw this video about a piece of hardware (call it “anti-tech”) that supposedly will stop technology at the dinner table in households.

Take a look:

Amusing video, eh? The way this pepper grinder will supposedly work – is that it will basically cut off all the mobile devices in the house. Not by disconnecting Wi-Fi or cell jamming, but rather activating some kind of middle-man to “cripple” said devices (tablets, phones, TV screens and computers).

Novel idea for sure – but wow, they have left out the single most important piece of this puzzle.

Don’t allow technology to hijack your children

I know, I know, it’s very difficult to “abstain” from being a part of “common culture.” And by common culture, I mean every kid having the latest gadget in order to keep up with his or her so-called “peers.”

And I know many parents who try (as they must) to “control” the content their kids see. But that goes only so far. What about the kids who don’t have those same controls? Or kids who’ve figured out how to “hack” the devices (it’s really easy, a caveman can do it.)

At the same time, I do see some “benefits” (if you may) to furthering some kind of education (like learning the alphabet).

But there is a better way…

Show your kids “the light”

This is less about control – and more about enriching your children’s lives.

It is more difficult than it sounds – especially since the digital “habit” is profoundly hard to break once they’ve been exposed.

But they key is to ensure that you make provisions for REAL WORLD things before it is too late.

  1. Show them how things used to be done.
  2. Demonstrate honest problem solving techniques (over “Google.”)
  3. Make them proud of their “old school” skill set.
  4. Have as many old-fashioned kinds of games around (like board games, cards, blocks) – and use them!
  5. Strive to allow their true imagination (something lacking across the board) to flourish. Don’t shoot any ideas down (unless they’re inherently dangerous).

But lay the law down when it comes to “family time”

The worst aspect of everyone “heads down” on their devices – is that the human interaction is nearly absent.

If it’s present in any form – it’s a muttering phrase or an “okay” with little to no true interaction, contemplation, observation.

In 2015, one of the most valuable lessons a child could learn is the value of true, honest, face-to-face human contact. To put those moments on pedestals. To cherish them like they’re rare gems.

Because in today’s society – they really are a rarity.

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