Regarding many children’s preference for computers vs. nature, (9/24, As I See It, “For many kids, computers are preferred to nature”), this summer I made the decision to eliminate TV/computers from our house. Ultimately, the decision has been beneficial to me and my daughter, as well as other children on our block and entire families within our neighborhood.
Without TV and computers, I no longer depended on technology to babysit my daughter. She and I began taking long walks, marveling at nature along the way. We began talking and our bond grew. We met our neighbors, and soon their children began to join us. We discovered new sights and new friends, introducing neighbors to neighbors, people who lived right next door to each other for years but had not met.
I am not sure we will live the rest of our lives “unplugged,” but for now, the pros outweigh the cons. It was raining this morning as I walked my daughter to school. You can imagine my joy when I heard her exclaim, “I just love the smell of rain,” and watched as she turned and twirled under her bright, yellow umbrella. That is a memory technology could never provide.