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Loss of Childhood #LETSEXPLORE

Tuesday 11 November 2014
Words Ailis Mara

I’m going to sound really old for the next 631 words, especially coming from the mouth, or hands, of a newly 22 year old. But I think kids these days just don’t have as much of an imagination as they used to. Remember when kids could have a few dolls, or maybe a couple of trucks, and they’d be good to go entertainment wise for at least a couple of hours? Now, in the digital age, the equivalent has become a DVD, games consoles, or iPhones and iPads.

When I was 10 (yes, I am going to use as many phrases to make me sound as much like a Grandma as possible. Just for emphasis, I swear), I was just happy if I could text to get some Habbo Hotel credits and log in on my dial-up internet connection without my mum wanting to use the home phone. The demands of today seems that ten-year-olds are suddenly allowed to get the newest phones out there as their first mobile phone, ones that don’t even have snake on them unless you download the app. And I’m not really okay with these young ones going straight to the best phone. What happened to working your way up and earning the latest phone like the good old days? Go on kids, go play on the swings and scrape your knee or something, and please don’t have a better phone than me.

Back in my day, kids barely knew how to turn the television on and now they know how to swipe and unlock an iPhone before they can properly form a sentence. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that children are talking and screaming on public transport less because they’re so engrossed in some sort of technological equipment. But is it hindering the development of their social skills from a young age as some sort of sacrifice to their ever-budding relationship with technology?

Today’s generation of kiddies is being raised to be a group of technologically advanced weirdos, sorry, intellects, who may or may not know how to hold a proper conversation but they can figure out any form of technology you place into their “is that chocolate, mud or worse?” hands. This stems mostly from the fact they’ve spent all of their years looking at screens instead of talking to each other.

Another issue with this is that if children have access to their own technology without any sort of censorship or monitoring, they can access parts of the internet that should not be seen until you’re at least 18 (or when you get married). This type of exposure has been discussed a lot in the media as a cause for crimes committed by ‘youths’. Could it be true that accessing violent games and X-rated content is infiltrating the minds of young people and convincing them that those things are okay to do? Who knows, but it provides food for thought when you know the young people in your life can see pretty much anything on the internet, and it’s difficult to stop them. If they don’t find it themselves, another one of their friends is sure to show them. Now I know kids can’t be protected from everything. But if there’s the possibility that children can stay as children for a little longer, then what’s the harm there?

I for one am going to make sure my children know the struggles of texting on a Nokia 3210 before they’re allowed the pleasure of an iPhone and apps and music on your phone that isn’t polyphonic. I think the world would be a slightly better place if everyone came round to that way of thinking too… Now, who wants to have a snake tournament? I’ll play the winner.