My small people are six and eight. They LIVE to use technology. I’m convinced they were born with a tech-gadget-gene that people of ‘my generation’ – (dare I admit it? )the 1970’s, were not. As toddlers they could navigate touch screens like it was their job though no one had ever explained it to them. And now that they are getting ‘older’, meaning they are actually in school, they are finding new and amazing ways to use their little tech brains.
As a new mom, I was convinced my children would NOT sit inside playing video games like so many kids I knew growing up. I wanted them outside – running, jumping, playing. So, for the earliest years of their lives, I stuck to it. We had nary a piece of ‘tech’ in the house that the kids used. But then I cracked.
I cracked because I love the education the technology provides. I love knowing that in so many ways, I am preparing them for their futures. Technology IS how they are now learning in school and how they will continue to do so. I heavily monitor how they use the tools we have in our home and we have RULES that are always in place.
Always, except during special occasions like the holidays. Until this past week, their only option was to ask to use the computer or to borrow their dad’s or my iPad. But now? Now they have their very own iPod Touches – courtesy of their grandparents. So, my rules have relaxed. I want them to enjoy their time off. I want them to explore their new gadgets, and I want them to understand I will be involved every single step of the way.
The temperatures outside are in the 20’s and I just can’t get enough of their enthusiasm. I mean… that FACE!
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