Should the government require parents to monitor their children’s’ use of technology?  This rise in technology has caused stress to adolescents and sometimes parents cant control always how...

Should the government require parents to monitor their children’s’ use of technology?

 

This rise in technology has caused stress to adolescents and sometimes parents cant control always how much time their child spends with technology, but should the govt be able to have some control so that the kids make valuable use of their time and spend it doing things that dont involve technology?

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There are arguments to be made on both sides, but the "no" side of this question is much stronger.

On the one hand, our future society and economy depend on the children of today.  If they spend too much time with technology, they may not be as academically and socially accomplished as they should be.  This can hurt our society and therefore government should work to prevent it.

However, this is very intrusive.  It raises the specter of the government being able to control every part of our lives, making sure our children read the "right" books and engage in the "right" activities. The government might even tell us what to feed our kids in our own homes.  In addition, we cannot know for sure how much technology is bad for a child.  What if a given child is the next technological genius who will change our lives?  If we tell that child they can't be exposed to too much technology, they might not become the genius that they should have become.

Though there are arguments both ways, the overall answer is certainly "no."

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