Saturday, November 30, 2013

Our Digital Native Kids (sigh!)

I'm trying to be one of those parents whose kid is not obsessed with technology, the iPad really being one of them. I despise kids so attached to iPads at such young ages.  Sidekick loves my iPad, probably more than I.  The only reason I have one is because I won it at work.  I barely use it.  I walk to my computer and use that or my phone 99% of the time.  Anyway, a long time ago, I saw something on Facebook advertising the Goodnight Moon app for free, so I downloaded it. Whenever he sees me holding the iPad, he runs to the bathroom, puts up the lid on his potty, and sits on it.  Why?  Because that's typically the only time I let him play on the iPad, and he is obsessed with Goodnight Moon.  Anyway, the app is great! It is so interactive, and he has to discover what certain things can "do".  He has two favorite parts of the app now:  the balloon that launches and the cow jumping over the moon because the moon twirls. 

Tonight, we read the actual book, and he started trying the get the moon to twirl.  Later in the video which was too long to email to myself to post, he tried to get the balloon to launch and became frustrated because it wasn't moving.  I had to tell him that it was broken, which kind of appeased him. 

Are our kids too digital???  I believe the answer is yes, but for a kid that rarely plays with the iPad except the few minutes he sits on the potty before bath, I'm trying not to let it bother me too much.  I'm very thankful that he can go into his room, take some books off the shelf, and "read" them to himself, but I'm fearful about how much technology to which he is exposed, and I try to keep him away from TV, my iPhone, computer, and iPad at all costs.  I sure hope he doesn't become uninterested in the real Goodnight Moon just because it isn't interactive.  I cringe at that thought.

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4 comments:

  1. I share your concern completely. At first, I had a zero tolerance policy for screen devices in our home (well for the kids of course) but they see me on the laptop and smartphone and tablet. I looked like a hypocrite in their tiny eyes. I also realized that they were exposed elsewhere and knew all about apps, etc. If I didn't allow a "taste" at home, they would fill up elsewhere. At least at home I can choose what they play and for how long. Yet I still wish my kids could live "off the grid". What a tightrope walk this parenting thing is!

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    1. I fear for when he is your kids' ages because I know it'll be so much harder to keep him away from it all.

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  2. I've managed to keep Annelise relatively technology free. I just started allowing her to watch TV (one Curious George cartoon on Sunday mornings) and the only technology she sees me use is my iPhone. But even that has influenced her. I notice when she plays with her toy phone she rarely "talks" on it. Instead she holds it like she's texting or taking pictures with it.

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    1. That's funny you mention the phone. The other day we were playing with his toy phone. When I pretended to answer it and said it was Grandma, he ran to the computer because we Skype Grandma since she lives in a different state. That's how he communicates with her... not on a phone. Smart little booger.

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