22 Nov, 2015 Kate Winslet Removes Social Media From Her Home
Kate Winslet joins the list of celebrities who has banned social media in their home. Her reasoning will make you consider following in her footsteps.
How much social media is safe and healthy for kids? What age is appropriate for kids to be involved in social media? According to oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, face-to-face conversation is far more important than what takes place online. In fact, Winslet’s three children, Mia 15, Joe 11 and Bear 22 months are not on any social media. Kate and husband Ned also limit the amount of time they use technology in their home.
“Let your kids climb trees. Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly! You go to a cafe and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up,” said Winslet. I couldn’t agree more. There is a time and a place for technology. I love the benefits of technology to get a message to people around the world, but when it distracts from having face-to-face conversation, it’s time to reevaluate some things. The dangers of this can’t be overstated. In fact, MIT professor Sherry Turkle wrote the book “Alone Together” which goes into detail about how the rise of technology has lowered the ability of young people to have authentic communication.
I grew up on a farm where I constantly played in our creek, rode my bike, made forts out of bails of hay and read books in the huge apple tree in the front yard. I was never bored and didn’t have a low self-esteem. Granted I wasn’t looking online to find my acceptance and self worth from friends and strangers alike. My childhood only sparked creativity, excitement and the belief that anything’s possible.
Kids are glued to their devices and missing out on life, because of the time and energy spent on posting and checking "social media."
— Tina Marie Griffin (@TinaMGriffin) November 15, 2016
According to Winslet, devices are a huge distraction to having and creating a strong family bond.
With the relationship and communication issues between teens/toddlers and parents, I would have to agree that social media actually detracts from bringing a family closer together. To create a more simple lifestyle, Winslet has been transforming her England home into a make-shift farm where her family can focus on each other and steer clear of today’s technology-driven society.
Here are Winslet’s favorite activities to do with her kids.
- climb trees
- play board games
- play “I spy”
- raising pigs and chickens
Sadly, we’ve tried chickens and gardening without much success. As for the rest on her list, our family plays quite a few board games including “I spy” and glow stick hide-and-seek.
As this year comes to a close and New Year’s resolutions are made, let’s commit to focus on more family interaction and less social media. Instead of a laptop, smart phone or iPad for your kids’ Christmas gifts, maybe pick up some board games like Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, Catch Phrase, Uno, and Jenga for your older kids or some of our favorite games are Busytown, Enchanted Forest, Sleeping Queens and Spot It for the younger tots. Any of these will help create a deeper bond with your kids and create life-long memories.
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