When I was a kid, computers were still kinda new. So that danger wasn't really there. They were integrated well into public school. Television of course was around and all of us kids watched tons of television and movies. We played video games too and sometimes it was a bit excessive. Nonetheless, that didn't stop us from getting out of the dang house and playing with neighborhood kids and school neighborhood kids. There was still a "world" out there. Later in middle school and high school, I got heavy into computers.
Having lived through the times and having peers and relatives successively younger than me, I can see how there's a different culture and use of technology--mobile devices, smartphones, internet, etc. I say, for young children, if these tech guys want to eliminate access to it, it's okay. Being tech professionals, they have experience and probably know when it's right to roll out the technologies and let their kids/teenagers start to experiment, and they also have the capacity to teach their kids/teenagers about it. For my generation, a lot of parents were a bit incompetent when it came to computers and new technology.
I feel, left to our own devices, I had close friends who knew how to navigate television, computers, games, internet. There was a sense of destiny and time and place and anchoring--a perfect balance between the analog and digital heritages. Nowadays, with the artificial Pixar/Disney corporate cr-p and smart phones and ipads, I think there is a tendency to be complacent, passive, accepting and "soft."
There has to be smart guardians--older siblings, cousins, young adults--to teach these youngans the principles of the cyber-tech culture from 1998-2004.
Then again, I didn't grow up in some Matrix-like sprawling suburb on the outskirts of a huge Californian metropolis.