I’m sure a lot of you have seen the viral video “Look up” by Gary Turk. It shows us what we have become thanks to the technology we use everyday. I personally think it’s sad when I see children would rather play inside on the computer than go outside and play games with their friends and family.
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY
I had such a strong response to this video, that I couldn’t help but write a poem of my own and I’d like to share it with you all. It concentrates on children being children and their right to be playful. I’m not a poet by any means, but I’ve done my best to try and show how I feel children should spend their childhood.
Children are the future
So why do we insist on putting them in front of a computer?
Of course technology can be useful
But shouldn’t children just be playful?
You don’t have to be extravagant to entertain
For God’s sake, kids just love playing in the rain
Digging up worms and kicking a football
Watching children at play is simply beautiful
Get involved in the play, inspire their imagination
Allow your inner child to take over and you will find that being a child is pure elation
Their childhood is short, it won’t last forever
But when they’re older they can use a computer whenever
This is why I won’t give my 5 year old child an iPad
Their active minds stuck inside would just be sad
With their eyes glued to a screen for 10 hours a day
How can they appreciate their short childhood this way?
If their dreams consist of first person shooters or cut the rope
I’d worry about their future, would there be any hope?
Their minds need to be molded by role models not a device
Show them how to climb a tree, teach them how to skate on ice
A wasted childhood should be a crime
All it takes is a little bit of time
Football, games, pantomime and more
Take your childs hand and open the door.