Blog Series: Parenting in the Digital Age

by Samantha on April 7, 2012



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Kids and technology.

It’s a topic that I’ve discussed on more than one occasion on this blog.

I’m fascinated.

The intersection of childhood and technology is of particular interest to me due to that fact that I am a tech geek. Busted. I admit rather unwittingly that like many of us, I have been sucked into the vortex. Tech is a huge part of my life and not one area that I am ready to give up without a fight. That said, I’m conflicted. For as much as technology has made life so much easier, it has also interrupted and displaced many parts of my life that may not necessarily require its presence. You see, it’s everywhere, and in every facet of my existence. I know that I’m not alone in this reality.

I can’t live without my iPhone and neither can my kids. They love Instagram and iTunes as much as I do.

My laptop is my life: should I lose it or should the information that exists within it evaporate, I’d have some huge difficulties to overcome, pure and simple.

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My kids are more adept than many adults about the inner and outer-workings of the latest gadgets, and my eight-year-old daughter routinely shuttles between iPad, iPhone, iTouch, laptop, bigger laptop, Wii, Nintendo DS and more as part and parcel of her everyday life. Even my three-year-old twin boys are up on the latest technology and have a preference for YouTube when watching their favourite TV shows or videos.The plethora of options – digital options – that are available now are dizzying, if one takes time away from their smart phone to actually consider this reality.

We’re in it to win it, but I’m not sure we’ll actually succeed.

I, like many, love technology, but feel somewhat handcuffed by its control over my everyday life. I can’t live without it, and I admit this grudgingly.

Accordingly, this love/hate relationship with what is now a standard staple of most of our lives will be investigated further in my blog series, “Parenting in the Digital Age.” Given the fact that I have touched upon this topic on numerous occasions, this series should not come as any surprise to long-time readers of this blog. If you’re just starting to follow my posts, suffice it to say that I’m fascinated with the intersection of technology and parenting and what better way to dissect both of these topic than through this blog?

Over the course of the next few weeks, I hope to post one article per week on various aspects of this increasingly relevant topic, both to those who are parenting children and those who are not. Because regardless of whether or not you have kids that are in your charge, you will be affected in one way or another by the pervasiveness of the new digital reality on our children. They’re our future leaders, so we all have a stake in how they are using technology and what they will do with their knowledge in years to come.

Stay tuned for what promises to be an interesting ride. This should be good.

Sam

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