Last month, Wired’s GeekDad writer Jenny Williams decided to engage her kids in a summer-long experiment, one devoid of technology and “iThings,” as she calls them, for the most part, at least. The goal? For her kids to rediscover life without an iDependency.
“My hopes for this experiment are manifold,” wrote Williams, who says that techo-toys provide constant, immediate gratification, which, in turn, zaps her eight-year-old son’s sense of imagination. “I want my son to be more physically active. I want my son to experience boredom. I want my son to play with his other toys,” she said.
There are, of course, a few caveats. Her kids are allowed to Skype with their dad and check their email....read more