One of my biggest pet peeves is people (especially children) who use mobiles/ipods/ipads/hand held consoles at the dinner table. It is just downright rude in my opinion.
So i was DISGUSTED last night when we took the boys out for dinner to see a little girl of about 2 years old in a highchair watching The Simpsons (Why was she watching the simpsons? shes 2?!!) on an Ipad on a stand, all the way through dinner, even while she was eating.
My hubbie had to almost glue me to the seat to stop me going over and saying ' What are you doing to your child???'
I really worry what this generation of children is going to grow up like.
Are we going to have a generation of zombie children, who don't know how to socialize, don't know how to entertain themselves, all need glasses, have no manners, get all sorts of cancers/illnesses that we don't even probably know about yet from using so much technology, can't write, don't talk to their families, have hearing problems, are overweight, have no concentration, are more violent, don't know who to talk about their problems, are robbed of real life experiences?
I don't agree with any age using technology like this is social situations, but a 2 year old?? A 2 year old does not even need to know what an ipad or The simpsons even is. She should be at a table talking with her parents, learning how to use cutlery and to say please and thank you to the waiting staff. Why come out to a restaurant if your not going to talk to each other?
Dinner is a perfect time for families to interact. Keep your child busy with small toys or colouring if you want to keep them at the table.
How it should be
N.B I don't have a problem with kids using these things from a certain age and in moderation at appropriate times.
Thanks for listening