If you worry about your children spending hours in front of a screen, then you should know why Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPads.

Steve Jobs Didn't Let His Kids Use iPads

Everything has changed since our childhood. It seems to me like technology is taking over our lives. Cellphones, iPads, computers, TVs…..we literally spend the entire day in front of a screen.

As a parent, I worry about my kids spending too much time using electronic devices. They are highly addictive and definitely not the best for their optimal development. If you are interested in learning more, please read The iPad is a Far Bigger Threat To Our Children Than Anyone Realizes.

Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPads, and for good reason.

Every time I read something new about how bad these little technology gadgets are for kids, it makes me want to avoid them completely. And after reading this interview, I am even more convinced that the less time kids play with iPads, the better it is for their overall health.

The Reason Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads

This was a Sunday article, where a New York Times reporter, Nick Bilton, asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?” And this is what Steve Jobs answered:

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

Amazingly in Silicon Valley, there is a trend of tech executives and engineers who shield their kids from technology. They even send their kids to non-tech schools like the Waldorf School in Los Altos, where computers aren’t found anywhere because they only focus on hands-on learning.

There is also a great quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in technology to keep it from their kids.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about technology, 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.”

Our current lives are living proof. We are addicted to technology. Nobody has a full conversation at a restaurant without looking at least once at their smartphones. Go to the park and you will see every mom paying attention to their phones more than playing with their little children.

Now, imagine what our children will grow up to like. They are already hooked onto technology at an early age. They don’t play outside like we used to in our generation because we didn’t have smartphones and iPads. We learned in a different way. In a real way. We learned by playing, interacting and discovering.

I am sure this is why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads. He knew better. He knew that kids need creativity, imagination, social skills, and hands-on learning experiences. Kids need to play outside and be in touch with nature.

So, next time you think about buying a new tech gadget, think about what the high tech executives are doing. They are avoiding them. Completely. Your kids will hate you for not buying it now, but they will for sure thank you for it later.

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13 Responses so far.

  1. Ashish says:

    I have a little girl coming at the end of the month and I’ve been thinking that this is the route that I want to go.

  2. Monica says:

    Awesome article and the excessive use of electronics is my biggest fear raising my son.

  3. Ashley says:

    Great post! I’m about to have a little one of my own and both my husband and I have to decided to cut back on the screens once he’s born. I think it’s sad when kids won’t do anything without a screen in their face. There’s so much of this world to see and enjoy, we don’t want him to miss out.

  4. Michelle says:

    Definitely sharing this! We do not give our children electronics for similar reasons!

  5. SO true, all around. We’ve never had cable – our kids get to occasionally watch a movie on DVD or (gasp!) VHS as a treat – and they MAYBE get an hour a day, tops, on an iPad (starting with educational activities). And we also, most importantly, have a no-tech-at-the-table rule for EVERYONE, including grownups!

  6. Nicole says:

    Good post as I did not know Steve Jobs and other tech people did not let their kids use Ipad or tech things becuse it is more important for them to use ‘creativity, imagination, social skills, and hands-on learning experiences’.

    Have a great night,

  7. Cecil says:

    I do worry about the young kids growing up today. I did recently witness a mother and a small child eating together in a restaurant and it broke my heart to see the mom texting on her cell and the child playing a game on an ipad during the entire meal.

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