For the last three years I often get asked: do you hate technology? WHAT?!?!?! If you've met me, you'd know that I am technologist and a true geek. My Hans Solo in Carbonate cell phone holder is staring at me while I write this and I typically have 3 screens running at once. So, its an odd question until you learn that I am the CEO and Cofounder for Kudoso, the most comprehensive screen time management and parental control solution available. People assume that since we help parents limit the influence of technology on their children that we (the collective WE that is Kudoso) must also hate technology. They couldn't be more wrong, and here is why:
Technical Literacy is THE 21st century skill: Our children are not only going to need to know technology, but to master technology in order to have successful careers. There is not a single industry that is not being transformed and heavily impacted by technology. The child who can learn to think about how to use technology to make their jobs easier and more efficient, even to make their lives better, wins. Its that simple. The new Digital Divide is not who has broadband internet access and who doesn't. The new divide is who has MASTERED technology and who is a slave to it! Without you, the best parent in the world, teaching your children how to properly manage technology children would grow up with crossed eyes and underdeveloped brains due to their 9+ hours of daily screen time use that is largely mind numbing entertainment and not mind growing engagement.
Technology solves real problems: Thanks to the amazing advancements in technology, we can do things today that were not even drept of 50 years ago. Technology is like super powers for the human race, it is truly a gift from God when used appropriately. There is a good chance that there is a parent reading this article today who's child will invent a solution that impacts all of humanity. That solution is likely to be based on technology. But there is no way to instill the comfort, desire and abilities to leverage technology without active parental engagement and encouragement. Children's brains instinctually take the path of pleasure - not just pleasure, but instant gratification. Children have not learned to look at the larger picture and instead make choices today that satisfy them now, but won't later. If our children are going to put a dent in the universe and better all of humanity, they need our help to learn how to leverage technology for good, not just for our own self-gratifying entertainment.
Technology connects kids: Now more than ever we are seeing a generation that is socially connected through technology. Regardless of your beliefs around this, children today are increasingly choosing to engage over technology than in person. Without technology, your child becomes ostracized from the social engagement that all their peers are engaging in. While this is largely true from 7th grade on, the trend is getting technology into the hands of children earlier and earlier. Banning technology as a whole is not a viable option and certainly the risks and downsides of technology do not outweigh the benefits, so parents instead should focus on how to build constructive habits around the use and influence of technology. At the end of the day, building social skills, empathy and compassion are some of the most useful life lessons a child can learn, even if they need a little technology to learn them :)
It is because of all of this that I am proud to be a part of Kudoso. I don't hate technology and neither should you. Most importantly, you children should NOT hate technology either! If wielded correctly, technology will be a powerful ally for your children in the years ahead. We have worked very hard to make Kudoso the ultimate tool for parents to use to teach important life lessons around screen time limits, appropriate content, accountability, rewards, exploration and innovation. At the end of the day, Kudoso does not attempt to replace a parent with technology, we merely give parents powerful tools to help strength their families and raise amazing kids. If you haven't seen Kudoso in action, you are truly missing out, please check it out today. And, if you have ideas that you think could make Kudoso even more amazing we would LOVE to hear about them!
CEO and Cofounder, Kudoso