Is the rapidly evolving age of technology, causing us to rely too much on it to help with parenting?
I recently read an interesting article on the BBC News website that called into question the influance technology has on our parenting. In particular, it referenced new apps that are being trialled that monitor your child while it is at nursery or pre-school.
The app, called Mytoddlr, is currently used in Nigeria, but there are other trials starting in the UK. It works by notifying the parent on their computer or mobile, when their child goes to the toilet or has a snack. The information is recorded by the nursery staff so that those parents who work long hours, can maintain contact with their children.
This had me thinking of my own daughter (now 10 years old). When she was born, there wasn’t as much in terms of technology as there is now. Having said that, we were worried about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so we decided to buy a sleep apnia mat that went under the mattress.
This was pretty new at the time and we debated whether it was a good investment or not. We decided that the peace of mind that it gave us, was more important than the cost or monitoring aspect. I think modern apps like Toddlr, are doing much the same thing. They are giving parents a sense of peace that their children are safe and being looked after while they are apart.
Some might argue that trust will be eroded between nursery staff and parents if they use the app, but we are now in a world where technology is going to impact more on our lives than ever before. I think we need to find a happy medium between being with our children and getting technology to do it for us.
What do you think? Are we relying too much on technology or is it making parenting easier?