I like to think that I'm up with the times. (How's that for an opening old person saying?!)
At 38, I do think I'm still pretty young. Relatively speaking, of course. However, with all of the new gadgets (another OPS) and computers and phones coming out at lightning speed, I will admit that I am ignorant when it comes to matters of technology.
I am a firm believer that my 3 and 5 year olds don't need anything more than the barbie and princess "computers" they have (totally learning oriented). When my nieces and nephew got into the new technology, I was a little taken aback.
This was actually said by me a couple of years ago:
"I can't believe that a 5 year old needs and I-pod! That's ridiculous! I don't see any reason.....what?.....it's an I-PHONE???? Oh Good Lord....."
My mother in law has offered to buy my 5 year old an I-phone for Christmas for "educational purposes". Right. As I try to bring my blood pressure down, and try to be appreciative for the gesture, I can't help but think "what the hell is this world coming to??".
I feel guilty when my kids watch too much tv. There's no way I'd stick them in front of an I-phone. Not now, anyway.
I have a feeling I'm going to be "that parent". You know, the one who is last at getting their kids into what's hot and happening (OPS).
The other day at playschool, my son's EI worker asked if he used the computer, and if so, she would bring in her laptop to give him some "activites" to do. Really????? He's 3. In my mind, 'nuff said.
The only interaction with our computers that our kids have is when we show them a video of something they would enjoy, usually from Youtube. That's it.
Am I doing my kids a disservice by not introducing them to the newest technology out there? Maybe, maybe not. I see kids with cell phones at the age of 7. That isn't going to happen in my house.
But, then again, I've been known to eat my words now and then.
Never say never. Perhaps getting my kids into technnology will actually give me a clue. You know, about I-pods and such.