Steve Jobs Did Not Let His Kids Touch iPads: So Should You?

All these days we have been discussing, where I have been sharing my views and information about Microsoft Dynamics AX – NAV – CRM and so on so forth. Today while I intended to share some more information, about Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Tablets – MS Dynamics NAV for Android Tablets & MS Dynamics NAV for iPad – I bumped into a very interesting article. I was left thinking about a lot of things – our responsibilities towards generations to come – the community we live in – the society that is thriving and what not.

In an interview with Steve Jobs, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton assumingly asked him ‘your kids must love the iPad?’ And to this Jobs said:

“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Surprised? How is it that the creator; the man behind Apple and behind a series of smart devices himself, did not allow iPads for his children? As a child grows there are several firsts – the first pair of skates, the first bicycle, first guitar etc. However, the one item that is fraught with uncertainty and apprehensions – is a smart device – be it the smart phones or the iPad.

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There is in fact a marked tendency amongst techies to keep their kids away from technology. CEO of 3D robotics and a father of five, Chris Anderson, is also of the same ideology. What he said was quoted in Times, and aptly defines why those who work in tech want their kids to stay away from it. He said:

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules…  That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself; I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

As we remain connected all the time, we are way too much dependent on our iPhones and the numerous other smart devices. Easy look up for information has in a way reduced our cognitive abilities, and reduced the importance of gathering knowledge and being self sufficient. Try living without a phone, and without an internet connection for a day and you will understand what I mean. So when we hand over a smart phone to our children, are we setting them up to become a part of the generation that is devoid of imagination, and is handicapped when it comes to hands on interaction?

When we were young, there were no smart phones and there was more importance given to learning, socializing, interacting and exploring. Games were played on play grounds and information was absorbed from books.

This kind of learning helps mold an individual, into a well rounded personality.  However, on the flip side, by not allowing enough exposure to technology, are we robbing our children from the right to stay updated, have access to instant information and stay at level with other kids?

For me, it is shocking to see parents equipping their 9 year olds with iPhones and other such hi-end devices, and exposing their tender minds to virtually innumerable threats. With a little parental guidance and under supervision I feel that there is no harm in introducing smart devices to kids – however, letting them own a device and use it all by themselves – I won’t ever endorse. Should there be an age limit for using smart devices? If yes then what according to you is the right age to hand over a smart phone to your kid – is a very big question.

However it is too early to reach a conclusion on the effects, adverse or working to your advantage, of this technological evolvement. Microsoft for Startups has been one of the pillars to most of the successful business houses these days. It would be totally unfair to forget that if these technologically evolved gadgets create that dependency; it is the same Microsoft Dynamics Partner Services, the same technology and the same hand held devices that have a lot to offer us in form of solutions including:

  • MS Dynamics ERP systems that allow us to monitor our kids while they are away from us in their schools
  • MS Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning solutions in Banking and Financial segment making financial transactions more safe and convenient for both; service providers and customers.
  • Enterprise solutions that have enhanced productivity – profitability & time to market, relieving employees to spend quality time with their kids
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution that streamlines sales processes – Organization/hierarchy – internal/external stake holders while integrating it with various existing applications to revive loss making businesses.
  • MS Dynamics NAV solutions for businesses with various manufacturing locations in different countries, sales & distribution offices in altogether different set of countries
  • 10 times guaranteed ROI through Enterprise Solutions for Automotive and Industrial Equipment

This might be food for thought for all you, out there reading my profound thoughts, whether we should go ahead using these applications – software that are meant to make our lives more convenient and productive. The discretion lies in our hands as to How much – When and Where we give these things the due weightage and importance in our and lives of our kids who are our world.

About Author:

Chirag Shivalker is a Head of Technical Content Team at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services. He has more than decade long experience in writing technology and trend analysis. Chirag is an expert in technology and technological trends along with business writing.

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