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    Default Mom uses iPhone to distract children on Roadtrips
    I remember the days of going to and from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia way back when I was a wee lad. Sitting in Mom's Ford Bronco, staring out the window with a cardboard and red plastic "car bingo" game. Looking at all the scenery, and perhaps even having a conversation with my mother during the long 6 hour car trip across state.

    Nowadays we have all kinds of gadgets to numb children in the car. First we had Gameboys, then portable DVD players, and then car manufacturers got wise and said let's just install dvd players and screen in the car on the backs of the seats...

    Anything to shut the kids up!

    But now the innovation is, giving your child your iPhone sos that they can play a game on your GPS/email/communications device!

    My favorite parts of the article is when she says "Some of these apps only cost 1.99! Well worth the cost to entertain my 2 year old!", (yes give your 2 year old a 200 dollar phone because it has a 1.99 application on it...) and "it's tough parenting while your driving on long road trips!"

    Well no kidding lady, but you know what? My parents did it, most of our parents here did it, 99% of the country who were born in and or prior to 1984 had no problems with it! When did you suddenly stumble upon this startling revelation?!?

    I let you readers be the judge!

    How iPhone apps saved our family vacation - Citizen Gamer- msnbc.com
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    Geez- and I had to get my 3 boys Game Boys to do the same.

    FWIW- Just went to a family wedding this past Saturday and my almost 15 year old was so bored and had forgotten his iPhone at home- I handed him mine and he and his almost 18 year old brother played checkers on it . Heck I even use my iphone to keep from being bored wating for appointments and such.

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    My argument goes along the lines of this:

    When I was a child, I didn't have a Nintendo. In fact I didn't have a Nintendo until I was 12-13 and only when i could pay for it myself with my hard earned paper route money.

    When I was much younger, I played sierra games, (kings quest, space quest etc). Of course these were the older ones where you actually had to type out the words and reason what you wanted to do.

    Not like todays games that are designed to be educational and are anything but...

    I had watched an interview with Stan Lee (the marvel comics guy), and he was saying that Comics, when they first came out and he and Kirby, and Bob Kane and all the guys who laid the framework for superheroes, he said that comics were never meant for children, but instead for adults.

    As I grow older, in a lot of ways, I start to think that growing up and staring out the car window on long drives, talking to one another, as well as and especially at the dinner table as opposed to staring at a 2x3 LCD in integral towards development and growth.

    I have a cousin who plopped his child in front of the Television watching Baby Einstein claiming that "it's stimulating". Well, yea, moving pictures and flashy lights are enough to keep any childs attention long enough. You could probably baby sit a child on a porno if it had soothing music behind it.

    My point is really, and this is where I fail at reporting news and excel at writing commentaries, is that this womans child is going to miss out on alot of real world development.

    Your child is 15 and in ancient cultures would be considered an adult. Anyone who says that by the time they were 15, that they weren't the person that they are today is either lying or had a very extreme event that caused a large change in personality.

    I myself now married, as well as many of me friends, generally speaking are exactly as we were when we were 15. Oh sure we are alot calmer, and seasoned but we mostly reason the same way, and our passions and pains are the same, but for the most part we are who we are.

    So that's why at say 15 or 16 and maybe even 14 it really doesn't bother me. However she's giving her phone to a baby for all intents.

    (i would just love to see that child toss it out the window)

    Those are my thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boe_dye View Post
    My argument goes along the lines of this:

    When I was a child, I didn't have a Nintendo. In fact I didn't have a Nintendo until I was 12-13 and only when i could pay for it myself with my hard earned paper route money.

    When I was much younger, I played sierra games, (kings quest, space quest etc). Of course these were the older ones where you actually had to type out the words and reason what you wanted to do.

    Not like todays games that are designed to be educational and are anything but...

    I had watched an interview with Stan Lee (the marvel comics guy), and he was saying that Comics, when they first came out and he and Kirby, and Bob Kane and all the guys who laid the framework for superheroes, he said that comics were never meant for children, but instead for adults.

    As I grow older, in a lot of ways, I start to think that growing up and staring out the car window on long drives, talking to one another, as well as and especially at the dinner table as opposed to staring at a 2x3 LCD in integral towards development and growth.

    I have a cousin who plopped his child in front of the Television watching Baby Einstein claiming that "it's stimulating". Well, yea, moving pictures and flashy lights are enough to keep any childs attention long enough. You could probably baby sit a child on a porno if it had soothing music behind it.

    My point is really, and this is where I fail at reporting news and excel at writing commentaries, is that this womans child is going to miss out on alot of real world development.

    Your child is 15 and in ancient cultures would be considered an adult. Anyone who says that by the time they were 15, that they weren't the person that they are today is either lying or had a very extreme event that caused a large change in personality.

    I myself now married, as well as many of me friends, generally speaking are exactly as we were when we were 15. Oh sure we are alot calmer, and seasoned but we mostly reason the same way, and our passions and pains are the same, but for the most part we are who we are.

    So that's why at say 15 or 16 and maybe even 14 it really doesn't bother me. However she's giving her phone to a baby for all intents.

    (i would just love to see that child toss it out the window)

    Those are my thoughts.
    Its all about moderation. there are times we used the electronic babysitters and times we made them entertain themselves the old fashioned way. ( The games they played were mostly educational when they were small (and for the most part now teh games they choose have all kinds of thoought processes involved.. From early ages when they watched tv, they chose to view Discovery channel, History channel and science channel (on their own with no prompting from us) None of the 3 are pop culture followers. and all are incredible critical thinkers. They have a better grasp of world events, human interaction than most of the adults i know.

    This said- Neither my husband or I are anything like the idiotic, narrow-mineded, immature 15 year olds we once were. We could care less about the problems of the world, now that is our primnary focus- discussing deep multifaceted issues. Just one example of how different we both are now. In fact weve done most of our maturing and growing in the years since we had our kids. We wanted them to grow up as critical thinkers and not have to learn it in their 30's like we did. We wanted them to know they were loved whether they were a history major (my oldest) or a chemical engineering major (my middle son). No thanks to our parents who wanted little carbon copies of themselves, and kids they could brag to their friends about and could only think in terms of black and white absolutes and a very narrow world view. The world is a rainbow of all shades and situations. Its difficult to grow your own identity until you are adult enough to move away. In fact I didnt become whio I truly am- embrace my true identity until i was 36 years old when I realized quite suddenluy when filling out a questionnaire, that my responses were not what I believed, but what I had been told by others. Quite an eye opener.

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