In November 2014, I published The Last Generation of Kids That Play Outside. It went viral and was read by millions of people — this tells me it struck a chord. In it, I challenge parents to let their children be bored. Boredom is a great thing because children will exercise their imaginations to create their own fun. The iPad and iPhone can be great productivity tools for self-controlled adults. But, we must consider the possible damage that these devices can have on children who should be stretching their minds and imaginations.
If we allow the current generation to be satisfied thinking within a 9.7‑inch box, we’ll rob them of the curiosity and creativity that it took to build that very device they’re holding. If we don’t remove easy entertainment from our children, they’ll never learn to create their own.
Let me know what you think. How do you handle devices and raising children? How do you foster imagination and creativity in your kids? I’d love to hear from you on Twitter: