But the problem is that screens can devour all the time, all the interests, all the passions. They can reduce the childhood of our children to the narrow confinement of a mobile screen in which real life does not fit.
And to avoid this, limits and prohibitions are not enough. I know because with my nephew it has not worked for me. And just now that we are in full confinement due to the Covid-19 crisis, things were looking very bad with a 14-year-old teenager and a lot, a lot of free time locked up at home .
But look where, I’ve had an unexpected surprise.
The beginning was complicated. The first thing was to impose-negotiate rules for limiting the use of screens. Too many for my liking. Very few for yours.
The following was what you can imagine: “What can I do? I’m bored! I have nothing to do!“.
A few days ago I saw him that he was with the computer. A lot. He even got distracted and missed dinner time. But he wasn’t watching videos or playing video games. Whatever it was had him engrossed. As if it were a game. But it wasn’t a game.
One night after dinner we put the TV on. It is the time of day to watch everyone in the family a series together. The first to arrive is always my nephew. Except that night. The TV was on… and he was still with his computer.
The mystery was revealed a few days later. “Man, do you want to see what I’ve been doing?” . I was programming a video game! Nothing less than Unity , which is a professional tool!
The game was under construction and the project is still underway as I write these lines. But what I’ve seen is very, very good. The truth is, I am shocked with what he is achieving.
My nephew started “programming” in the classes when he was or 9 years old.
You can tell a child what he cannot do. But you can’t dictate what his passions are. For that you have to sow a seed and the sooner we do it, the better.