My name is Kaia Rae and I was twelve years old when I created this blog in 2013 and ten years old when I wrote the story An Apple A Day Keeps My Parents Away.
I grew up going to a Waldorf school and throughout my younger years, I had little, if any, interaction with technology and media. I spent and still do spend a lot of time in nature. I love to read and do art. I play all the sports available and I also do circus arts.
A few years ago, my parents bought iPhones and were becoming increasingly addicted to their new devices. My brother and I felt ignored and we felt that the iPhones were taking our parents away from us. After leaving Waldorf school for a mainstream private middle school in the SF Bay Area, I discovered the extreme degree to which TV and phones were controlling the lives of my friends. I felt isolated and was unable to participate in the constant discussions about the latest Netflix show as I watched TV perhaps once a month. I decided I had to start raising awareness about the increasing problems with technology and its effects on families and now teens.
Don’t get me wrong though, I love my computer and iPhone, one might say I’m addicted, but I try to limit my time using my devices and try to be cautious as to what needs to be responded to immediately and what can wait. I think that is incredible and is opening the world to new possibilities like never before, but overusing and abusing our use of these innocent-seeming screens in our daily life has proven to be detrimental to our health and general living.
My answer: everything in moderation. The middle path is to use technology as necessary, with awareness and not to allow your devices to rule over you.
So enjoy your phones and computers and apple watches, but don’t become too addicted to your devices!
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog,