In a day and age where cursive is being debated upon in classrooms and it seems that everything is going electronic it only inevitable that our children are too. When I was growing up we had 1 television in the family room. We didn’t get our first computer until I was around 12. We only owned one gaming system and it wasn’t until I was much older. We also had limits to how much time we could spend on either – and it wasn’t much. The only “learning” game I ever remember playing was “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” and I’m not sure it was even that educational. As I grew up I began to use technology more and more but I never it gave the technology revolution much thought other than getting the newest, hottest toy.
That all seemed to change when I became pregnant with my first child. It was about this time that tablets were starting to boom, laptops were thinner than ever before and Apps were taking over everything from our recipes to our toilets. Like most first time moms I spent hours scouring the world wide web for any information I could gain to help me in my parenting journey. Then my daughter was born and I became dedicated to her education, even at a young age. Like all parent’s I wanted her to excel. We worry that somehow, someway our children won’t be prepared enough. As a sister to a brother with learning disabilities I never wanted to see my daughter struggle the way my brother does. And so, with a newly purchase iPhone I entered the world of Apps.
At one she was able to operate my iPhone. Now, at almost 3 she has her own iPad and a little touch LeapPad. We have spent more money on Apps and Games than I care to think about. But in the ends it’s worth it. More than just gaining information, skills and knowledge she has developed an invaluable love for learning. Many parents worry that technology is ruining childhood but I beg to differ. My child has just as much fun coloring with crayons as she does a paint app. We create fortresses with blocks that no teddy bear could ever destroy. Then I watch her learn to read with Dora. We play outside, we play with doll houses, and we pretend cook. The key, as with all things, is to find a proper balance.