I was working on a special project for a Camp Owner and Tennis Pro this past week. It was a fun assignment entailing the creation of a power point presentation, writing a script and doing a lot of research. The theme was merging technology with sports. It was a VERY enlightening topic and I learned so much doing the research and watching the videos.
There seems to be a question that kid’s brains are being “rewired” by all the new technology and parents would do well to set limits for their kids so they don’t suffer down the road.
Colleges and Universities across the nation are involved in high-tech study using Robots, and all the many uses of them, especially when it comes to helping kids who suffer the spectrum of Autism or Asperger syndrome. These Robots can also sing, dance, clean the house, are used in assembly lines for making cars, in hospitals for delicate surgeries, and yes, they are even trying to get involved in running and playing sports.
So what’s the issue? Kids need to exercise their body as much as their brains in this generation. It use to be that, “TV” was the culprit gluing our kids eyes to the tube, but now, it is of course, the computer, video games, Wii, x-box 360 kinect, robotics, DSL, iPhones, iPods, ipads, and “iwants” that seem to dominate the kids life now. Technology is here to stay, and we don’t want it to go away…it is amazing what the future is going to bring us that we would never suspect as being possible.
The answer is very simple. Merge sports and technology. Not Wii sports…outside, real live team-member interactive sports, or exercise, or just plain and simple, playing outdoors.
My daughter-in-law, who is a Speech Pathologist in the Schools, allows the grandkids to play tech-games only 1 hour per day. She also declares a technology free day, once a week, much to the kid’s grumblings, but found the kids will go outside and play with their friends, toss the ball, play basketball, or baseball, fly kites, or even breathe fresh air just tossing rocks in a pond. Then there is also sports or horse camp in the summer, and piano, viola, drum or guitar practice too each week.
Now I’m a savvy young “nanny” to my grandkids, and I need to keep up with technology as well for my business – but my big lesson from the younger generation, is that I too need to be careful not to get addicted to the computer, games, or TV either. Ok, so my knees won’t let me run like wildfire anymore…but I DO walk my dogs every day and breathe that nice clean fresh air…and my legs are always moving when I watch “Dancing with the Stars!”