My life with the internet consists honestly of the following-
University of Southern Queensland Study Desk
ITunes/ App store
Internet explore / Chrome / Firefox
I do not consider myself a digital dinosaur, but I feel I am well behind compared to others of the same age. I have had the pleasure of owning my own Walkman, discman, ipod shuffle, JVC cam corder (which I found the other day… covered in dust), a cd player, an alarm clock, an iPhone, a television, a laptop, mini ipad. and who knows what next?
I have 3 children of school age and they have had nothing but digital technologies in the classroom. My 12 year old son taught me how to create a voki for the mathematics course. I knew then that he was pretty amazing, and that it would take something pretty darn special for my ICT understanding to over take him. I can safely say I have no chance in that happening.
I often give them a taste of my childhood, growing up in a home with one brick of a television that wasn’t even 30cm in screen length, and one desktop computer that only was good for pacman and space invaders, and the occasional castle spells spelling (when my cousin would bring the disk over). We often have technology free time and spend the time playing board games, colouring or staring at the walls waiting for the paint to peel off. Seriously…. I love my kids to pieces, but they need to learn how to be bored….. how to amuse them selves without digital technologies. They need to be able to amuse themselves, without the screen. My most favorite moment from my 12 year old son (to his credit it was about 18months ago) after I had placed a ban on the devices , he ever so seriously comes to me and says mum can I please google what to do outside. I just looked at him and said give me that (the ipad) and get out…. Lol…
Have a read of this article that I found on Do you remember life before the internet? It is written by social media week – https://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2015/06/life-before-internet/ . I am pretty sure the kids of today need to have times where they can be unplugged and just be. I love nothing better than turning off the family wifi… or just turning my mobile phone off just for the sake of having ‘quiet’even if it is only for 10 minutes 🙂