Your Kids Use Screens the Way You Do

Kids do as you do when it comes to online behavior

George J. Ziogas
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Every evening, my wife and I transform our living room into a mini command center, each of us armed with a smartphone, tablet, and the occasional laptop. “Look at this meme,” she’ll say, not looking up from her screen, while I’m deep into a rabbit hole of UFC videos. Our two sons, Alvin and Jordan, are always within earshot, absorbing our digital rituals like sponges.

It’s not surprising then, that I caught Alvin, our eldest, giving a PowerPoint presentation on why he needs an Instagram account. “Dad, all the cool kids are on it,” he declared, mimicking the persuasive tone I’ve used during countless gadget negotiations with my wife. Jordan, our youngest, isn’t far behind. He’s already a pro at swiping through YouTube shorts, pausing only to ask, “Can we get a new game like the one I saw on that ad?”

Last weekend, I walked into the kitchen to find both boys face-to-face, not speaking, just texting each other from across the table. Alvin looked up and grinned, “We’re practicing for when we have to talk to girls.” My wife laughed from her spot by the coffee maker, phone in hand, scrolling through Pinterest. It’s clear: our digital habits are contagious, and our kids are the perfect little mirrors of our screen-filled lives.

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George J. Ziogas
Publishous

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