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Oh The Irony: Steve Jobs' Children Weren't Allowed To Use iPads

John Knight | PopWrapped Author

John Knight

Updated 10/30/2014 1:36am
Oh The Irony: Steve Jobs' Children Weren't Allowed To Use iPads | steve jobs
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Remember summer time, when you'd spend all day outside with friends until the sun went down, then ran back inside to your mom, hands dirty, and lips and teeth stained from too many Firecracker popsicles? Or when winter came, and a good snow day meant pulling out the sled and playing in the snow with all the other kids? The point of all of this nostalgic goo wasn't to go all "Throwback Thursday" on you all, but rather to raise a point many of those in their 20s and early 30s have surely thought about-the type of parents we as a society, especially Generation Y, will be. Or rather the types of children we will raise. Its obvious that kids today aren't the same as those who grew up in the 80s and 90s, the very generation that witnessed the world transition from the analogue to digital era. From pay phones, to cell phones, from Saturday morning cartoons, to #selfiesaturday, from video cassette, to DVD, right up to watching Netflix and Hulu on our phones. With entities like Apple along with its rival companies dishing out new technology every month, we're permanently glued to and dependent on our devices. The irony behind all of this though, is that the master of it all, Steve Jobs (rest his soul), in fact, did not allow his children to use iPads or iPods. In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?” Jobs responded:
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Whats even more interesting is most of the execs who live in Silicon Valley specifically send their kids to non-tech schools with barely if any computers available to them, so that they can focus on hands on learning only. There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
These same parents believe that their children may grow up devoid of imagination and interpersonal skills necessary and learned through socialization. But other studies show that the power of iPads and other tablets can help students learn concepts of enormous scale, like the size of the solar system, that traditional learning methods can't quite mirror for them. It seems the trick is to simply find that balance in your household, knowing to allow your child to thrive and feel like they are connecting with their peers via the current and relevant form of social mediums, while still grasping and not losing touch of person to person relationships.

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