I just recently got my Mom a new cell phone, because her old one was not working as well as it used to. She also wanted a bigger keyboard so she could text my kids (her Grandchildren.) Her old phone only let you text on the numbers...wow it seems like forever since I had a phone that did that! So I got her a very simple but upgraded phone, and now....she cannot figure it out. She is technologically challenged. She could not figure out how to wake it up after the screen went dark and was voicing her frustration. My six year old grabbed the phone and said here I will show you. Zip, zip in a flash he had it working for her.
This got me thinking that kid can run my laptop, the Xbox, my iphone, my Kindle like he invented them all, and older people seem to have so much trouble with it. I am old really I remember when I was a kid my aunt got a microwave and I had never seen one before. I used to run our VCR in our living room with a corded remote! So my generation has maybe become accustomed to learning new technology every time you turn around, but not my Mom's generation? Why is that?
Then if you look at it in another perspective my generation was possibly very lucky because we had to use our imagination to play and that possibly brought on some of these new fangled techno gadgets! I was very limited on the amount of TV I watched because we only had three channels, and that was really only on clear days. IF in fact I was lucky enough to find a show that I wanted to watch, typically my Grandfather would come along and shut it off because it was as he called it "Foolishness!"
So how to I save my son's imagination and give him a chance to grow up without all the violence and trauma from what he can see online and sometimes on TV? Moms and Dads have to set limits, rules, and have a ton of input in their activities. I don't let my son have free range to the internet right now he is only six so I have tons of parental controls. But I have to be constantly monitoring because he is so smart. I have to also check each app BEFORE he his allowed to download them, (naturally I only get the free ones anyhow.) But they still have to be checked. This app can also help us with great tips and advice to help to keep kits safe online at least:
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