I can’t remember the exact age I got my first phone, but it was after high school—I used it for a brief time, though, because shortly after that, I was admitted to Covenant University.
For someone like Bill Gates, you would think his kids would have been among the first to use smartphones at an early age.
As shocking as it may sound (to me), Bill Gates revealed to the Mirror that he limited his children’s exposure to technology.
According to the interview, Bill Gates and his wife banned their three children from owning cell phones until age 14. In his words:
“We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.”
“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour. You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.
By the way, Bill Gates isn’t the first techie to do this. In a Sunday New York Times article, reporter Nick Bilton says he once asked Steve Jobs “So, your kids must love the iPad?”
Jobs response: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
I don’t know about these guys, but I intend for my children to know all there is to know about tech, even at a tender age. Although I might monitor their interactions with technology (Because, porn & other bad stuff), I don’t think I would limit their exposure to tech.
What about you?