Each Week – we receive ‘THE WEEK’ … a ‘newspaper magazine’ that beautifully sums up all the news of the week – without all the fuss of a daily newspaper!
The magazine is helpfully divided up, with regular segments … one of which is labelled “Spirit of the age” … where they include two short paragraphs summarising two issues of the age!
This week, there was a paragraph which read ..
A four year old girl from the SouthEast is being treated for ipad addiction.
THe children parents enrolled her into a course of compulsive behavioural therapy
because she was using the device for up to four hours a day and becoming “inconsolable”
when they took it away from her. “
(THE WEEK, 27th April 2013)
THinking that there is a dual issue here.
And IPad, for this age group, is possibly simply ‘another toy’ ?
Granted, this toy may have its addictive qualities by the nature of the device.
But my wonderings are … if this ‘toy’ has been given to the 4 year old as a means of keeping him/her occupied,
(perhaps not the initial intention)
Is there a parenting issue here that is also one to be under investigation at the Behavioural Therapy appointment?
An interesting, or perhaps worrying characteristic ‘spirit’ of this ‘age’?