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10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices

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Image My children, both on handheld devices, learning and laughing.

Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.

1) Because banning things never, ever, ever works. 

Remember when your parents wouldn’t let you watch rated R movies so you just went to your friends’ houses to watch them? I think I’d rather have my kids using technology and handheld devices with me beside them. Where I can engage with them, answer questions, and limit content if I have concerns.

2) Problem solving.

When my kids…

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About Nikki Bits

Growing up, my parents rarely discussed politics. When they did, it was usually my dad ranting about how republicans are evil,greedy, and racist. My father was literally raising me to be a democrat and discouraged any political opinion that did not fall in line with the democratic agenda. One year, I was even yelled at for agreeing with Newt Gingrich. Somehow, I had always known my political views did not fit in the community. I hardly ever commented on politics or conspiracy theories for fear that I would lose the few friends I was allowed to see. I did well in Civics class and even began watching more news to be better informed about current events. That did not work very well. It was not until I met my husband that I realized republicans were not as bad as I previously been led to believe. I submerged myself in politics and found that I have a passion for policy. The first two laws that I publicly opposed were the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill. I will be digging into Common Core legislation soon. In the meantime, I continue to follow and support establishment challengers who seek to return traditional American values to our legislative process.

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