Last week, I was watching a show called Child Of Our Time which follows children born in the year 2000, the year my son was born, and I was interested to see if he compares to the children featured or if he is odd.
Turns out that he is perfectly normal and that my children appear to have a better and more mature grasp of today’s tech than us older folk do.
My daughter no longer uses social media in any way, which is a long story in itself, but she is perfectly happy to not do so at this moment. She is 13 so that will likely change, but I am starting to see modern tech in a different way and to shake off the worries that experts like to talk about so much.
Here are some bullet points from the show-
Teenagers will go to sleep very late and they will sleep in at weekends to catch up on sleep. While this is not necessarily a good thing, it is apparently perfectly natural for a teenage body.
Drug use, smoking, alcohol abuse and teenage crime has declined every year for the past 10 years. The theory is that they are too busy consuming information and conversing with friends to have time to do such things. If you took the phones and gaming consoles away, what would take their place?
They view technology as completely normal and do not panic and worry so much as their parents do. There is a distinct lack of evidence to suggest that modern tech is actually harmful to children.
So, it seems that adults are the ones imagining all kinds of harm being done to their kids by tech when the reality is that they are using it in most sensible ways. Us adults, who lived without tech previously, are the ones who see it as new and completely changing the way we live.
People said TV was terrible for kids, the radio even and going back, books and comics were considered harmful by some.
We should celebrate the fact that, in general, kids today do fewer things that damage their health. They cause less crime and they are more aware and well-rounded than we ever were.