Digital hypocrisy : Steve Jobs didnt let his children use iPad yet Apple wants to sell them to your children
You may have been asked by your child to get you an iPad for his/her birthday or any other occasion. You may have complied with his/her wish out of your love for your child or because you want your child to be ahead in the field of technology. Tim Cook holds a much hyped launch for Apple’s iPad and goes globe trotting to sell these around.
But did you know that Steve Jobs, erstwhile CEO of Apple and the man behind iPad and other Apple innovations didnt let his children use iPad. Not many know this but when New York Times reporter Nick Bilton asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Jobs is not alone in controlling what their children use in the Silicon Valley. Many tech CEOs and tech execs shield their children from technology. There is actually a trend among the execs and engineers from Silicon Valley to send their children to non-tech schools like the Waldorf School in Los Altos, where computers aren’t found anywhere because they only focus on hands-on learning.
Yet these very CEOs, tech execs and engineers develop products, Apps and games to entice your children to do what they have protected their own kids from.
Here is another top CEO from Silicon Valley, Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five, who explained The Times what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
This sheer hypocrisy doesnt seem to bother the CEOs and developers who go round the globe selling their products to others children.
So the next time you think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider not giving them whatever fancy tech we’ll have while they are growing up. Play outside with them and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it later. In future, if your child/ward asks for a gadget on his/her birthday show him this article.