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gorman said in November 15th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

That’s a great question. The only things I keep coming back to, when I worry about this, are no different than when we were growing up: stay involved, maintain balance, and trust your instincts.

Now, I get the feeling that’s going to be a heck of a lot harder for us than it was for our parents (and I’d imagine the same applies to them vs. their parents).

Barring a (God forbid) crash of modern society, the world is going to be even more plugged in than it was when we were growing up. Technology is going to be a giant part of their lives, and as things progress, things will be done more and more through the Internet than face to face.

Whether that’s a good thing or not, I’m hard pressed to find any indication it’s not heading that way, so all I can do is prepare them for it, and whenever possible show them the world away from the constant glow of an electronically-lighted screen.

The fact you’re already this concerned about it, to me, seems like half the battle is already in your favor.

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MisterBixby said in November 15th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

As long as you are supervising them, and the sites they visit, I think it can’t be too soon. The world they will live in will not tolerate kindly someone who does not understand how to navigate teh Intartubes. That doesn’t mean that they should be sent to Google with free roam, but a lot of kids’ networks and shows have their own websites and they are a great way to introduce your kids to the kinds of content they can expect to find on the web.

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liko said in November 16th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I agree with Gorman and MrBixB, but I’d like to add one thing that I will hopefully get across to my kids. When I was in grade school, calculators were readily available, but most math teachers didn’t allow them. They wanted us to learn how to do it without a calculator. I used to argue that they’ll always be available so why can’t we have a tool that could be used to easily do the job. Fast forward to high school, where calculators were always allowed. I would rarely prepare for math tests – as long as I knew how to do it on my calculator, I was safe. I’ll never forget one test I took – and what happened that day. The batteries died. Here I was, completely unprepared for the test and without the “tool” to help me ace it.
My point is that I want my kids to be able to function without technology whenever possible – even as they grow up, there will still be people who can’t afford or don’t have certain technologies. I want to be sure my kids appreciate what they’ve got and remember that there are others “without batteries.”

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