In his article for the Kopp-Verlag Adnan Salazar cites various publications on the topic: How do managers of large technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsehwere deal with the topic of Tablets & Co with their children? The technocrat elite knows that the electronic devices interfere with concentration and can be addictive. We summarize the publication here for you.
In the article “Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent” of the New York Times in September 2014, it is reported that the late Apple CEO did not allowed his children to play with the iPad, one of the most popular equipment of his company:
NYT: “So, your kids must love the iPad?”
Jobs: “They haven’t used it, we limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
NYT: I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.
Jobs: “Nope, not even close.”
Since then, 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.
In another article from the New York Times, we learn that some private schools to which the elites send their children, completely renounce computer screens – a stark contrast to the flood of computers with which the classrooms in European state schools have been filled the past few decades.
This describes how the technology-chairman of Ebay sends his children to a small Waldorf school, just like the employees of other Silicon Valley giants including Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. In this school we find no computers, no screens. Instead, the good old blackboard with coloured chalk, pen and paper, bookshelves, knitting needles and sometimes mud. At the epicenter of technology there is a strict differentiation between school and computer!
It quoted a father who works for Google and finds it ridiculous that an app is supposed to be better at teaching duties than a teacher. But he says his daughter, a fifth grader, “doesn’t know how to use Google,” and his son is just learning. He finds that technology has its place, but everything in its right time. Not all students completely forgo technology in their leisure time. The Waldorf Students said that at home they occasionally watch movies or play video games. One student said that he prefers pen and paper to working on the computer. This way he could, for example, see how his had writing improved over the years.
The fact that Billionaires deliberately limit the time their children are allowed to spend in front of a screen and they say goodbye to the public education system, but at the same time advocate it for the rest of the population, should be worth a few moments of reflection.