Putting kids in a tech time-out

Silicon Valley parents want to protect their children from tech addiction.

Surprisingly, Silicon Valley heroes don’t let their children go square-eyed on screens.

You might expect Silicon Valley leaders to cheer their children using computers, but some are quite conservative when it comes to screen time in their own families.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Ali Partovi, an adviser on Facebook and Dropbox, and 3D Robotics boss Chris Anderson all reportedly place strict limits on their children and devices.

Twitter’s Williams doesn’t even have iPads for his children; instead he has hundreds of books. And Anderson, the former editor of Wired and a father of five, has parental controls on every device in the house.

“That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids,” he told The New York Times.

Walter Isaacson, the biographer of the late Steve Jobs, says there was no sign of tech addiction in the Apple founder’s household.

“Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things. No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer,” Isaacson writes.

It appears the ultra-rich are taking a similarly austere approach when it comes to money and their children.

This article is from the December 2014 issue of INTHEBLACK

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