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05. 13. 2009

Rosie O'Donnell just says no to technology (for her children)

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I found this story interesting, considering Rosie O'Donnell starred in television shows for around twenty years: she now doesn't allow her children to even take a look at a small screen, in fact, she's signed a contract with their school saying that they won't watch TV or use computers (or presumably, any other gadgetry).

I'm all for allowing children to grow up in their own time, and can definitely see that limiting gaming, Internet and TV use and encouraging exercise and family time is a good idea. But none of these technologies at all, ever? Not only will her kids feel out of step with the rest of the world, won't they be at a huge disadvantage as they get older?

At it's best, good tech makes our lives easier and more fun and teaches us about all the fun, inventive, exciting applications of math and science. It seems a shame to demonize children's use of technology when we particularly need to encourage girls into the tech arena. Could this just be a clever way to get out of sitting through Blue's Clues (or whatever stultifying kids' TV is popular now)?

Posted by Diane    Category: current affairs
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