Too Much Technology Worries Me When It Comes to My Kids

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Let’s be honest, I’m not as young as I used to be. This point is driven home by the fact that I seem to have no idea what is going on with technology these days. I’m not talking about technology like the good old days of setting the VCR. I’m talking about the Insta-everything, monitoring, helicopter parent-assisting technology that overlays everyday life. 

I suppose I should rejoice in the fact that I can track my child, monitor his breathing while he sleeps, and basically spend every moment ensuring his well-being. I can also shout from the proverbial roof tops that he can spell his name, knows his address, and ate his whole sandwich today at lunch.

All of these things, however, fill me with panic. Because I can access these technologies, should I?

If I can afford a baby monitor that tells me if my baby is breathing, do I have to buy it? If I don’t buy it and something awful happens, am I more at fault? Am I creating an environment of anxiety if I’m constantly checking in, tracking, hovering? And down the rabbit hole I go.

To add to my fear and anxiety of technology is social media. Will my children think I’m not proud of them if I’m not posting cute photos and publicly celebrating their triumphs? If I decide to post a picture, will they be angry or embarrassed as they grow up? Who has the right to post their photo? I don’t think I’ll ever find my way out of the rabbit hole at this point.

Thankfully, my husband and I share a similar apprehension of technology when it comes to our children. We spend a lot of time considering the technology we use in our home. We chose not to have an internet video baby monitor to limit remote video access of our home. We removed Alexa from our home when we saw our two year old speaking to her and realized ‘she’ was always listening to us. We rarely post photos of our children online and we do our best to prevent others from doing so as well. 

I don’t have answers to many of my questions. Not firm answers anyway. My feelings on them change almost as quickly as technology itself. I know my questions will only become more complicated, but there are resources out there to help me along my way. I’m still hopeful eventually someone will develop an app for that! 

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Jaclynn
Jaclynn knows a good thing when she sees it, that’s why she and her husband, Dave, decided to raise their son and daughter in Brookfield, the same Milwaukee suburb where they grew up. After earning her English degree from UW-Madison, Jaclynn attended Marquette University Law School and worked for several years at a small Milwaukee firm practicing estate planning and elder law. When her son was born a few year ago, she followed her heart and became a SAHM. She is now the mother of two, having welcomed a daughter last June. When she's not managing her family circus, you can find Jaclynn instructing or taking classes at the Barre Code. Jaclynn would be lost without dessert, family friendly breweries, books, comfy pants, and the moms who have helped her navigate the labyrinth that is ‘momming’.

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