Ayushi, a 5-year-old girl, was playing a game in her apple ipad at her home one evening. Her mother Mrs. Mathur called her a lot of times but did not get any response from her. Eventually Mrs. Mathur tried to snatch the ipad, Ayushi got so impulsive that she suddenly pushed her mother and Mrs Mathur fell down on the floor.
This is not the only case. There are so many families who are going through such similar instances. As mobile and digital devices are in reach of everyone now, every child has access to it. For some parents, it has become an easy escape from tiresome job of parenting, child rearing and enjoy their own independence once child is kept busy with digital idiot boxes.
I feel fortunate to have fond memories of my childhood and to be able to recall them and cherish them even now. I still remember I used to play outside most of the time and we didn’t have any such device which could hold us to stay back at our homes. Moreover, we were terrified of our parents and even one single instruction from them would be something that we used to follow without questioning it. I guess that’s what taught us respecting the authority and self-discipline. I was able to detect even a smallest of change in my parent’s eye contact and would understand that something is not right and that I need to improve myself.
In recent time, we have migrated to cities, started living in nuclear families. Flats in cities replaced our earlier own bungalow in village. Small society gardens have replaced our own big playground for bunch of children. Our Simple but fun filled games like hide&seek, marbles, race, kabaddi have been replaced by online games that are mostly aggression inducing.
Our young generation is busy in digital devices throughout the day and even during late nights. Is this what we want from the technology? Was this the real purpose behind inventing digital devices and social media? If we keep going the way we are currently, I so wish that the last Avatar of Vishnu, Kalki, comes soon and makes the world a better living place for us and also for the curious little minds who are our near future.
Today’s kids are extremely talented, curious and quick learners. They are getting exposure of all kinds as parents themselves are educated and want their kids to have everything that they can buy. This is completely fine, as long as it helps them learn and cultivate, but the moment it starts spoiling them as a person, it calls for an action. Our kids are future of our country and their childhood which is foundation of their life ahead should not be destroyed. The days are not too far, when there will be institutes which will teach us good parenting and we will be paying hefty amount to them for the same.
We should make our next generation understand that these devices are not only for playing games or chatting in social networking sites or apps. We should make them aware about positive uses of technology and how can it facilitate learning without affecting health and wellbeing. There are plenty sources of knowledge and it can be obtained by using them in a constructive manner. We can do miracles by using these sources efficiently.
Being a role model is important. If parents are not keeping away from digital media in front of kids, then they can’t tell their kids to do that.