In response to THIS BLOG that posted today on the front of the Press Democrat’s Find It section, Matthew Gollub, a local children’s author had some sound advice I wish to share with you…
Like yours, my family watches little of anything produced for TV. Also like yours, my wife and I spend a good deal of time in the evenings on-line. And, like families everywhere, we’d probably do better to divert our eyes from the computer screen and personally interact a little bit more. Here’s the thing that saves us, though, and keeps our son (age 15) focused on school work and off-line pastimes like sports and music.
WE DON’T ALLOW HIM TO KEEP A COMPUTER IN HIS BEDROOM!
In fact, we have just one computer in the home, and that remains in the family room. How many times have my wife or I walked in only to see our teen sheepishly exit his FaceBook page and get back to work on a school assignment? How many hundreds of hours would be lost each year if he had full freedom to network on-line without interruption in the privacy of his bedroom? Would he get less sleep? Yes. Would his school work suffer? Probably. Would we have to have more discussions about how he should be using his time? Undoubtedly. My own computer is a laptop which migrates with me between home and office.
So here’s the one thing I can say with certainty: limiting the household computers to exactly one and requiring that household members share that computer in a central space necessarily limits the amount of time that each person is free to use the darn thing!
Matthew Gollub is a local children’s author-publisher-speaker. His latest book with audio CD is titled JAZZ FLY 2: THE JUNGLE PACHANGA. Free reading tips and more at www.matthewgollub.com.