I read an article from the “Real World” magazine titled “Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills” and it is about “educational” apps and games that are supposed to help kids learn how to be social and learn empathy. As a kid that may be a part of one of the last generations that wasn’t bombarded with technology as a kid I have to say I have a problem with this. I don’t think it is right for kids to be learning their social skills and empathy from games and technology. I firmly believe that children should be learning those skill sets from actual, human interaction. Social interaction via technological means is not the same as if you were to have a play date with another child and have them play outside, or even things as simple as board games.
At 20 years-old I cant possibly say that I am exempt from the addiction to technology. I have an iPhone and a laptop, my phone is just about always connected to me and feel I would maybe be a bit lost without my social media and technology. There is a huge BUT in that statement. Although I love my technology and all my various social media outlets…I did not learn my social skills from technology. As much as I love my technology…I love human interaction, I love working in groups with people in class, I love hanging out with friends or co-workers and just having human interaction and conversation.
I am not a parent yet, so I haven’t had to experience the ever-alluring draw between children and technology but I cant imagine I would be content with my children being all about socializing through technology. Socialize in real time with real children that are right in front of you. Play outside, get dirty, play board games directly with another kid. I don’t agree with this breakthrough apps to aid children in their social skills. Socialize children with real life interaction.
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