>>98954933>how do you guys feel about little kids being given tablets to play with?
It's pretty obscene, and this is coming from someone who grew up on the leading edge of the video game generation. Sure I played my Game Boy when I was out and about, but it was never to the extent that I see kids with phones or tablets nowadays. Parents and teachers crusaded against video games in the '80s and '90s, but mostly because it was a scapegoat. It's always nice to be able to blame parenting and/or disciplinary problems on something else.
Whenever I'm out in public, it's not uncommon to see a kid walking around, glued to a tablet or phone. The worst is in restaurants where kids are playing with the volume all the way up and the parents don't even care. I used to play my game boy during car rides or during family events (once things died down), but I was never completely lost in it. But, when parents are often so glued to their phones that they don't even pay attention to their own kids, I suppose they wouldn't think twice about their kids emulating that behavior. It's normal to them.
I've seen parents picking their kids up from school, and they don't even bother to look up from their phones. My own sister-in-law is so obsessed with her social media status that she ignores her 1-year-old daughter constantly. Whenever they "play" together, it always consists of the baby playing while mommy taps her phone screen. The most attention she gets is when mommy wants to post her baby on facebook or whatever. It's gotten to the point where the kid, in an attempt to emulate her mother, will pretend that any small object she gets her hand on is a phone. It's the kind of thing that's cute until you realize the bigger issue.