Bill Gates And Steve Jobs' Children Are Tech-Free: "We Limit How Much Technology Our Kids Use At Home"

Date November 15, 2018

Some people joke that nowadays kids are born with an Ipad in their hands. In some way, it is true. According to the report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization focused on helping children, kids aged 8 and younger spend around 48 minutes daily looking at the screen of their mobile phone.

It was also found that 42% of kids under 8 years old have their own gadgets.

Douglas Gentile, a psychology professor at Iowa State University, says:

It's been getting harder for parents to really monitor a lot of what their kids are seeing and doing. At the same time, they're relying on the seeming benefit of being able to quiet the kid at a restaurant with a device. We may be building a bit of a Frankenstein's monster, because we're using that power for our benefit, not for the child's benefit.

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As a matter of fact, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free. They try to limit the amount their children spend using a computer and other technical devices. For example, Bill Gates didn’t buy his children a mobile phone until they turned 14.

He decided to become so strict with the screen time in 2007, after realizing his daughter is too attached to the video game. Since implementing such rules in the family, Bill Gates became interested in personalized education and the use of electronic devices for planning lessons, not merely for entertainment. Bill Gates claims devices can help achieve a goal, for example, to enter a college. But it should be used for good reasons only.

In his turn, in 2011, during an interview with New York Times, Steve Jobs revealed that he doesn’t let his kids use an iPad too often. He said:

We limit how much technology our kids use at home.

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Some people suggest that if Job’s kids attended an average school now, they would use electronic devices more often than they did at home when growing up.

Should we follow the same pattern? In fact, it is a good idea to monitor the amount of time kids are using a computer. Also, it is necessary not to let a child become addicted to gadgets. There are certain signs that can indicate the addiction. For example, lack of interest in other activities, constant talks about technology, increase in lying, and a rise in devious behavior.

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It is better to spend more time together with children and talk more. In this case, they will not spend so much of their time using gadgets.

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