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Has the digital age created a generation of 'cotton wool kids' that can't cope with life's ups and downs?

Children are spending less time outdoors and more time inside in front of the TV and online - should we be encouraging children to go outside and play or can they learn life skills just as well either way?

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4 experts and 2 parents have answered

Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

I don't think it's the digital age as much as this just being a really safe age. We have answers and security like never before. We don't accept danger or ignorance as facts of life. That's more our fault than our kids'.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

Maybe so, unluckily. Kids could start thinking that face-to-face behaviors should mimic virtual ones. That's why I frequently heard some media experts warning parents: "The virtual world is REAL". This means that habits acquired on the web could, and sometimes are, expected to be reproduced in the unplugged life.

Socio-emotional skills are surely key to giving young people a better training before getting into job life.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Richard Taylor expert
Richard Taylor Father of 4 boys & IT Consultant Bushmills, GB
Technology expert

In short, YES! I think it is so very, very important that kids (and teens) should be made to go outside and play rather than sitting indoors. The last time I interviewed for a new employee, one of the interviewees actually held up their hand to stop me asking a question whilst they sent a text message answer back. They did this twice, and then I just cut the interview short and asked them to leave. It is absolutely shocking what the current generation of mobile phone / gadget users think is acceptable.

In our family we try really hard to have a limit on the amount of time that we spend with any gadgets, and at family meal times they are strictly off-limits (for parents too, after we realised we were guilty of finishing our dinner and then checking Facebook etc).

We are very fortunate in that we live in the countryside, where I think it is much easier to enforce being outside playing, in the town it is much more difficult.

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Experience 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, something like that ... They need to go and face the real world more, interact more with human beings not the gadgets or machines!

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Maria  Sibireva expert
Maria Sibireva Senior lecturer Saint Petersburg, Russia
Child development expert

Certainly it is a requirement of the modern time to know how to use gadgets and machines. If You can not deal with computers and etc., Your future employer will not be "very happy" to get You to the job.

But another question is in development of social skills. For my observations I can say that children very often see difficult situations which are connected with real life on TV (movies, cartoon movies), even on Youtube, they experience with main heroes. But when they go outside and face with similar situation they can not solve this problem. Children can know theoretically how to behave themselves in one situation or another, but do not do it.

One practical step replaces ten theoretical steps.

To live outside life is very important for the child and it is necessary to help him or her to do it. Early age (until 8 years old) is the most important for the development of social skills.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Anonymous Artist,traveller,mother. GB

Teenagers certainly poses an inability to cope with normal conversations, especially on work experience due to the fact they spend their whole lives having more intense cyber conversations than real ones. They are loosing the ability to communicate effectively which will have repercussions in the work place in years to come.

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Fact 3 years ago

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