Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kids and technology

Technology has a hold on my kids.  Well, not Lauren.  Yet.  But Drew and William have access (always monitored and controlled but access nonetheless) to Leapsters, an iPod, an iPhone, a computer, and television.  They know how to use all of these things without any assistance or explanation.  This is just the way it is and because of the monitoring and controlling of it, I don't see it as a detriment at all.  There are so many useful products/games/activities that are enriching and support what they are learning otherwise.  Obviously without monitoring all of these things could cause harm to their naive little minds but that's not the case.  Yet it still amazes me that at their young age, they understand and own (well, kinda) these devices.  I wish my Nana were alive, I wonder what she'd think of it all?  I wonder what she'd think of Skyping with my kids?  Or having Drew send her a text?  Or watching William kick ass at Angry Birds?  It must be baffling to the much older generation to see how kids are growing up today.  I had Atari and thought I was rockin' it out.  I remember getting a CD player when I was a freshman in high school and that was huge.  I got my first computer when I was a freshman in college and got an email address the year after.  I'm dating myself in a huge way here but gosh, look at how things have changed in just one generation.  I'm not worried about how technology has a hold on them because of the way they are used in our house is under my control. 

I do, however, wish that I didn't need Spongebob to be my babysitter every once in a while. 

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah, remember that you did homework WITHOUT a computer and you couldn't just Google it? I think I've learned more in the past few years than I ever have simply because when I have a question, I can quickly have it answered on google. I learned about wavefunctions and complex conjugates recently. Awesome.


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