Published on: October 29, 2018by Kevin Coupe
Not sure if this is ironic or counter-intuitive. But it certainly is odd and unexpected.
The New York Times reports that there is a new trend in California’s Silicon Valley, a place where tech gazillionaires a) make their fortunes exploiting opportunities in the digital revolution, and b) work so hard and long that they often have to hire nannies to help raise their children.
But now - apparently because many of these parents know the inherent dangers of the technologies they develop and sell - they are asking their nannies to guarantee that they will severely limit the amount of time tat their children spend in front of electronic screens of any kind.
According to the Times, “From Cupertino to San Francisco, a growing consensus has emerged that screen time is bad for kids. It follows that these parents are now asking nannies to keep phones, tablets, computers and TVs off and hidden at all times. Some are even producing no-phone contracts, which guarantee zero unauthorized screen exposure, for their nannies to sign.
“The fear of screens has reached the level of panic in Silicon Valley. Vigilantes now post photos to parenting message boards of possible nannies using cellphones near children. Which is to say, the very people building these glowing hyper-stimulating portals have become increasingly terrified of them.”
At the very least, I think, this ranks high on the hypocrisy scale … and maybe we all ought to take a page from the parenting book that these folks are using. Not the one that has other people raising their children (which I get, because we had to hire nannies for three years a long time ago, when we both needed to work outside the home and it seemed like the best alternative), but the one that is strict about screen time. I’m actually sort of grateful that my kids are grown and I don’t have to raise them in an environment as tech-infused as this one. Back in the day, all we had to do is limit how much TV they watched. I can only imagine how tough it is these days.
The story about how tech entrepreneurs are handling it is an Eye-Opener.
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