Ramblings About Kids and Technology

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Technology and Kids

Do you ever wonder sometimes what it will be like for our kids to grow up with so much technology? Now, let’s just get this out to the way that this is not going to be a doom and gloom post about kids and technology. Because let’s be honest, I don’t really enjoy reading those posts. Even though I actively monitor and limit my kids’ screen time, they still get some and I don’t think that.

But today I was just thinking about how I grew up with technology and how much more so that will be the case for my kids. I mean, earlier this week, Dominic sent his first text. Well, he typed it anyways. I don’t really remember a time before technology. But he really won’t remember a time before technology.

Periodically, Nick looks at our monthly phone usage. Today he informed me that in the last month I have sent 1,053 text messages. And this number doesn’t even include iMessages, of which I have also sent many, but have no data on that. And this number doesn’t measure Facebook messages, which is my main form of communication with a few friends. But basically, the point is, I use these tools to communicate a lot.

Because that’s what they are – they are tools. And this is one of the perspectives that I hope to teach my kids. Not that technology is doom and gloom, but that, when used properly, technology can be a wonderful tool, that allows us to connect with people. That allows us to learn. That assists us with tasks we find difficult.

But also that just because it is a tool to do all those things, doesn’t mean that it should be the only way we do all those things. That there is value in face to face connection. That there are ways to learn outside of technology. That sometimes there are creative solutions to difficult tasks.

There’s a lot of things that I want my kids to learn about technology and honestly, I don’t even know what all of those things are. Somedays, I feel like I’m still learning about technology and I’ve been using it for a very long time. This post is definitely a lot more rambly than yesterday’s post. I hope that’s okay. 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts on kids and tech – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

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