'Activist Post has reported many times about mainstream articles, news reports, magazine segments, and research about screen addiction and other health issues associated with kids’ excessive use of technology. Medical professionals are concerned about this. Documentary films have been produced including Child, Disrupted and Screenagers. Former tech designers, inventors, and investors are even remorseful because they’ve knowingly played a role in this:
“Nest Founder: ‘I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?’”
OMG! So when communities install and promote “Smart” Playgrounds as a way to get kids to go outside and play, it sounds more like a skit on Saturday Night Live than something that’s actually happening. But it really is happening, and according to a spokesperson from Biba “it just makes so much sense”:
“It just makes so much sense to put technology with play,” says BIBA spokesperson Kaleigh DeHart. “Kids are already doing that every day and this really takes it to the next level meshing it with the playground everyone knows from their childhood.”
Say what? The playground is supposed to be a place to take a break from everything – even technology, right? Unfortunately, she’s not alone in her reasoning:
Fantasy 6 to Bring Augmented Reality Technology to Biba Smart Playgrounds
By engaging with children via the digital rewards and achievements to which they have become accustomed, “smart” playgrounds are able to get children back to real fun, in the real world.
Every single word in this statement sounds insane, right? Regardless, as reported in Norfolk, VA, this is still being promoted as getting kids away from screens and playing outside even though it’s technology based and using augmented reality which isn’t the same as actual reality:'
Read more: 'Smart' Playgrounds Emerge While Reports Indicate Kids Already Suffer From Too Much Tech