Technology Across GenerationsHeather Spohr
Critics of technology say it’s impersonal and isolating, but we social media freaks know that isn’t true. It can help you find friends from anywhere in the world, and recently I’ve found that it can do something even better – it can bring family together. My husband and I have been using technology to build an amazing connection to family for Annie that she wouldn’t have without it.
Mike’s parents live 350 miles away, so we use video chat to help them communicate with Annie. She responds to seeing them speak so much more than just hearing their tinny voices over the phone. Her grandparents love having “conversations” with Annie, and it feels like they are in the next room instead of hundreds of miles away.
We spend hours showing Annie digital photos of family and friends. I’ll scroll through pictures on my computer and we’ll discuss who each person is (Uncle Kyle! That’s Cousin Michaela!). This has been amazing for Annie. Before we started this, it would take her a while to warm up to family members. Now she runs up and greets them with their names the minute they enter the room.
Technology has also been super-helpful in teaching Annie about older generations of our family. I spend time every week scanning family mementos like old photos, recipes, an old speech from her great grandfather – old items far too delicate for a toddler’s clumsy hands. We are creating a family archive – a digital museum that will allow Annie to explore and learn about her family history. I know very little about my own family beyond my great-grandmother, so I’m really excited to do this for my daughter.
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