Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Here is some fascinating and telling information on Bill Gates and his involvement in his children's computer time;

"Gates said he and his wife Melinda decided to set a limit of 45 minutes a day of total screen time for games and an hour a day on weekends, plus what time she needs for homework."

What an instructive bit of information. The man who has made billions of dollars in the computer industry limits his children's time on it. The man who knows much more than the average parent about computers and the Internet, sees the need to not allow his children to spend hours in front of the screen. It seems that Mr. Gates sees some harm in too much computer time for kids. If Bill Gates sees this need, it would do every parent well to sit up and take note. What Gates probably sees is the harm that is done to children when they are left in front of any screen for hours, be it television or the computer. He probably sees a nation of kids who are overweight and obese. He probably sees young people who have lost relational skills, due to the majority of their communication being on the Internet. Bill Gates probably sees a lot more than even we do , but the best line of all was when he was talking about a conversation with his son, to a business audience;

"My son said, 'Am I going to have limits like this my whole life?', and I said, 'No, when you move away you can set your own screen limits'," Gates recounted, to audience laughter."

I do not know a lot about Bill Gates, but I confess to admiring his love for his children. He loves them enough to be involved in their day to day activities. He is not content to leave them to their own devices in front of a computer screen. The question is, do we love our children that much? If not, that bill will come due one day and it will be an ugly painful payment!

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pastor tom