We now live in a “touch-screen” kind of world, where acronyms and abbreviations have replaced the need for proper grammar, and where book stores and libraries are slowly becoming extinct. With the arrival of advanced technology where the internet provides us with all sorts of information we need, are we really in a better or worse place than before?
When I was growing up, I sought my information from newspapers, encyclopedias, and libraries where I would check out books and learn to return them by the date stamped on the card in the front of the book. I truly miss those days. And as I prepare to begin to start a family, I wonder how ancient of an idea this simple concept of “checking out books” from the library, will be to my own children. It kind of makes me a little sad, and scares me at the same time.
And yet, as I plan on becoming a new parent, I know that I can’t keep my child from being exposed to technology. Heaven forbid my child is the one student who walks into class not knowing how to use an iPad. And yet, I don’t want my child to be the other kid who has his or her head stuck in an iPad all day. How do you find a balance between the two, and still raise a healthy and productive child of this current generation?
I don’t know for sure what the answer is, or if there even is one. But my guess is that somehow you just learn, and trust, and guide, and love. That’s basically all we can do. Learn about the technology as it arrives, trust that your children will know the difference between what is the correct use of it, and what is not, guide them through it so they have an understanding of what is right and wrong, and love them unconditionally and always. I’m pretty sure that’s what my parents did as they had to deal with raising me amongst the advancements of the computer, the arrival of cell phones, and eventually the amazing internet.
So as we continue to evolve and advance with technology and all it has to offer us and our children, I guess the best thing we can do is just try to learn, trust, guide, and love, and hopefully our kids will all turn out okay. (Until they invent the time machine, decide to leave us, and never return… Let’s just hope this never happens.)