Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL’s late founder Steve Jobs did not allow his kids play with and use iGadgets beyond a strict limit. An interesting article by reporter Nick Bilton of Sunday New York shared a conversation with Jobs during his tenure as CEO of the company.
Apple co-founder’s kids were restricted on use of tech
At the time of the first-generation of Apple iPad, Bilton asked Jobs if his kids were enjoying the iPad. To everyone’s surprise, Jobs said that they has not used it yet and that he has strict limits over how much technology his children should use at home.
“They haven’t used it,” Jobs told Bilton. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
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Bilton assumed that the Jobs home might be like a geek’s paradise with giant touch screen walls and everything super hi-tech. Jobs’ two teenage girls and a son were expected to be very enthusiastic over their dad’s new innovations.
However, the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder said that his children do not yet use the iPad, and added that he was very impressed with how his kids follow the rules.
Walter Isaacson, author of a biography titled Steve Jobs, told Bilton that Jobs made a point that his family dines together at a big table in their kitchen, where they discussed books and history among other topics..
“No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices,” he claimed.
It’s not just Jobs
Steve Jobs is not the only parent who has limits his kids access to technology; there are a lot tech moguls who want their kids to not be overexposed to technology up to a certain age. Chris Anderson, the former CEO of Wired and now chief executive of 3D Robotics, has put time limits and parental controls on every device in the home.
He gives an interesting reason for this, and says even though his wife and kids accuse him of being fascist, but he has seen dangers of technology firsthand, and does not want same thing happen to his five children aged 6 to 17. Some dangers he cites are pornography, bullying from other kids and worse of all, addiction to the devices. He believes that too much technology hampers the creative development and human interaction skills of children.