It’s all over the news and a big story on The Today Show today – investors demanding Apple do something to combat children’s smartphone addiction. I do agree that addiction to electronics is a thing. I do agree that children being addicted early is a problem. I don’t agree with the idea that we should blame the company. The company created a product. The company’s job is to make that product a product that people want to purchase. They’ve done their job. Our job as parents is to make the decision regarding what products we purchase for our children. Our job as parents is to determine how much time they are allowed to use said products. Sure, we can say that maybe they should curtail advertising in a way that targets children. We can’t hold them responsible for our parenting choices. Here are some examples of how we as parents have provided the “drug” to our children. Just replace the device with the word drugs:
“But, mom, all my friends have drugs! I want drugs too!”
“Dad has work to do. Take these drugs and go to another room so I can concentrate”
“Dad needs to rest. How about instead of playing with you, I give you drugs to keep you occupied while I nap.”
“Yes, it’s OK to bring your drugs to the dinner table Daddy wants to do his drugs during dinner as well”
We made the decision to buy our children an addictive item. We have no one to blame but ourselves.