“He’s really good with the ipad.”
“She knows how to use my smart phone better than I do.”
I can’t tell you how often I hear this spoken with pride. My kids have been exposed to both of these devices… it is almost impossible for kids these days not to be. But, while they know how to use them (it’s not that hard), they don’t grasp the magnitude of what these gadgets are capable of, nor do they use them effortlessly. And you know what… I am proud of THAT.
They also do not own a single hand held device, and they have no idea that game consoles even exist. I plan to keep the Wii we do own under wraps for as long as possible. Nora does play games on my computer and both girls play on my phone on occasion, but it’s a treat.
Call me old fashioned, or even just old, but I hate the role technology plays in the lives of children these days. I cringe when I am at family holidays and look around to see almost everyone engaged with their devices instead of each other. It makes me sad, really sad. I think it’s strange that kids have their own tablets at such a young age, when I don’t even own one myself. I am determined to teach my kids to play board games, hide and go seek and a love of the library. I try to take them outside as much as possible. I LOVE that the preschool they will both attend is technology free.
Habits are created easily. I am just as guilty as the next person of unconsciously checking my phone throughout the day. I don’t even know why I do it. I owe it to my children to try to teach them healthy habits such as a love of the outdoors and discovery instead of a love of continual visual entertainment.
So, for now, I am really happy that my kid’s are still amazed when they are exposed to electronic games. They haven’t become desensitized to it yet because it is not a part of their daily life. I know my days are numbered as I can’t shelter them from it forever, but I that won’t stop me from trying.