These days there is an abundance of technology going around. There is literally an app for everything, well unless you have a good old blackberry like me in which case you are lucky to get an up to date banking app!
Increasingly more and more apps, and gadgets are being aimed at young children, my niece is a pro at finding her way round you tube on her mums brand new galaxy s5 and she is literally not yet 2! More and more parents are using mobile phones, tablets and the like to entertain and educate from a young age.
Children and adults alike have so much information and technology at their fingertips it would be a waste not to make the most of it from an early age, Olivia made me a ‘Happy Birthday Olivia’ powerpoint presentation on my laptop…. I didn’t even know I had that on there!
This is an important skill in this day and age but being the old fashioned person that I am I can’t help but wonder if this is healthy. Is technology changing childhood altogether? Gone are day of going and playing in the street with your friends till mum shouts you in for dinner/bed/bath. now children socialise without actually having to physically see or speak to another person, be it facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatsapp etc…….
Recently someone made a comment about my daughter and how she plays. Plays as in with toys, dolls and the like. Real life ones not one you dress up on an app. Apparently it is weird! It is weird that as a n only child my daughter has learnt to develop her imagination to be able to play for hours inventing stories and scenarios and adventures for her dolls. Weird that she actually plays with actual toys and I do in fact limit her time spent in front of a screen.
I am proud that my daughter is able to do this. I am proud that not only does she know her way around the latest technology but also her own brain. Proud of the fact that yes she knows how to use her ipad, ipod and my laptop and kindle easily and expertly whilst also loving playing with all of her dolls, each and everyone named with their own life story (Cinderella is currently on honeymoon with harry styles I kid you not!) Proud of the fact that one day she will be able to merge these skills together to help her for a future career whatever that may be (currently a baker). Most importantly I am proud that this weird child is actually mine.
What do you think or technology and young children? Healthy and welcome addition or unnecessary?
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