A short article from the NY Times on tech company executives and how they handle technology with their own children. I’ve heard this before, but it’s a good reminder:
I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.
I was perplexed by this parenting style. After all, most parents seem to take the opposite approach, letting their children bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers, day and night.
Yet these tech C.E.O.’s seem to know something that the rest of us don’t.
I wouldn’t go that far. It’s something that a lot of us parents know, but our schools continue to blunder ahead in the face of research and vast anecdotal evidence. Our children have little choice but to comply.
The tech executives restrictions take a number of forms, sometimes extending even to phones. It seems actual, physical books remain popular.
This last bit is hypocritical, given how many of these same companies are pushing electronic platforms and content (e.g. textbooks) on schools to drive their companies’ profits.