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In response to Julie Lynn: Spare the iPad and save the child, Sean Toddington wrote:

There is a degree of irony in a complaint about the incursion of technology on an internet blog site. Everyone reading it is staring at a screen and bemoaning people spending too much time staring at screens. Fundamentally she has a point though. I don’t think anyone has the remotest idea of how to address it.


  1. “Everyone reading it is staring at a screen and bemoaning people spending too much time staring at screens.”

    Probably in some ultimate sense this has SFA to do with the subject at hand, but I think I recall a BBC show on how, in the early days of the film industry, obviously long before CGI and the like, how special effects were used in, e.g., staging “re-creations” of news events, either for newsreel or propaganda purposes (accepting arguendo that those were ever two distinct things).

    Anyway, at the end of the show, they zoomed out, in a bit of meta-humour, to show you that they too were doing, in 20XX, what they said filmmakers were doing in 19XX almost a century before– by showing the modern cameras and other equipment, and a crew in modern clothing, filming the recreation of an early 20th C. film crew filming a “recreation.” A crew were filming a crew that were filming a crew that were filming. Bit of a “hall of mirrors,” that…and maybe so is looking at a screen and reading the complaint of someone looking at a screen who is complaining that there’s too much looking at screens.

    • It reminds me of the infinite regression (if that is the right phrase) of the picture on the old Kensitas cigarette packet: the butler carrying a tray on which there rests a packet of Kensitas, on which…. etc., etc..

  2. The warning signs are there for all to see – Middle class families and tech giant bosses know to limit the use of gadgets.

    Aitken, author of ‘The Cyber Effect’ lists the common ways to limit tech usage in homes and families. Gadgets effect developing children (toddlers and older) in terms of attention span.

  3. It isn’t simply the ‘staring at screens’ that is the problem.
    We have been doing that for tens of years. ie TV’s, ibooks etc.
    It is the interactive nature of the internet that can be a problem for some.
    Especially for children. It can take the form of bullying. Not being ‘liked’, being ignored, being ridiculed and being ‘laughed at’. Normal adults can usually laugh these things off, not so the young and inexperienced.

    • Indeed, and the bullying resulting from social media is particularly bad amongst teenage girls. Social media allows groups to gang up on individual they don’t like or disagree with. The minimum age for accessing social media ought to be raised to at least 16.

    • Agree, the main issue is how it affects Children. I grew up in the early days of the internet and used it a lot of a teenager and I don’t think it did me much good, but at least back then there wasn’t social media as it exists today (we had forums for specialist interests), everyone used an internet persona instead of their real names and everything was so slow and it was expensive to use for long periods so exposure was limited.

      I have several friends who have given their <10-year old child a smart phone or tablet and it just seems totally insane to me. Why would you want to expose them to this sort of stuff when they could be out playing in the real world?

      • A good point. Many parents are content to see their children ‘playing’ on an iPad or smart phone and see no risk but won’t let their children out to play because they believe it is too dangerous. There is a small wood near where I live where in my day there would have been dozens of children playing, building dens or climbing trees. Today the only child you see there is with a adult or walking a dog.

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