Is your GPS making you stupid? [OPINION]
Posted by: Lauren Carpenter
Published on: August 2nd, 2012 at 5:58 AM
The following was submitted by Charlie and Beth C. (Your voice can be heard here as well. Submit your own, we hope you do.)
Maybe it’s just us, but we think having a GPS in the car is making our kids all pretty lazy.
Gone are the maps we always kept in the car. Why bother? We may use them, but our kids wouldn’t even think about it. Instead they rely on Tom-Toms to get them places that a good map and some common sense used to.
Our kids need some basic old school skills. Where did we all go wrong? We’re not blaming the schools – this is all mom and dad-fed information that kids should have, but don’t. Our kids are not alone; our friends are lamenting about the same thing. One family said their high school junior left Clifton Park to go to Bethlehem Central for a game and ended up in Massachusetts confused by the GPS conflicting with verbal instructions from his dad. Another said her daughter couldn’t get from Clifton Park to Crossgates Mall without her GPS.
We had a few laughs, but it’s not really funny.
Kids are getting lazier and lazier and we’re allowing it to happen before our eyes.
Computers, video games, smart phones, tablets, laptops, desk tops, and the list goes on. Kids rely on electronics to make their decisions now on just about anything.
We, as parents, are blowing opportunities to teach our kids valuable lessons such as map reading. We never thought that skill would go out of style, but it has. We’re guilty of letting this happen, but we don’t know how to fix this problem.
Lest you think we’re just ranting on kids, we have plenty of friends who are just as bad – and they’re our age. We are turning into a lazy generation and our kids are taking cues from us.
Can anyone out there help us fix this problem?