Parents: Electronics as Babysitter? A Young Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

October 17, 2014

In days gone-by TV used to be the babysitter. Today electronics are the new child-care provider.mind

Looking back, TV was not so bad since it was only used at home.

Today electronics are entertaining, occupying kids’ minds everywhere – on buses, planes, trains, in car baby-seats, in stores, in supermarkets, in parks, and at home.

A simple question:  When do parents talk to their kids?

                  When do they hug them?

                  When do they read to them?

                   When do they sit on the floor and play games with them?smudge-chalk-girls

                    When do they teach them stuff – like manners?

What effect do round the clock electronic games have on those little eyes? How long before they need glasses? And violence? How often do they kill the bad guys, take hostages, or look at a good fight?

The children of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. Characters are formed in their formative years. What kind of leaders will these children make to lead tomorrow’s world?

If children have no imagination and no creative juices running in their veins what will happenballoon-boy to art and music, space programs and philosophy? Can we live without art and music, science and philosophy?

For parents, placing a “toy” in the hands of an infant and leaving him to mind himself is the easy way out. At the end of the day we are back to that famous line … “ a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”


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