If we can’t avoid exposing our kids to interactive media and information technology, what better way to live the “if you can’t beat them, join them” saying? well, with a little bit of mixing and matching that is, we could then come up with more effective and efficient ways for them to learn. For beginners, we could perhaps expose them to colors, objects, letters, etc. that you could find in some of the apps nowadays, over the paper charts with the same things on them.
Moving into the next stage, wherein kids rely more on “Google” over the traditional Encyclopedia and dictionary. This may work two different ways, for them, or against them. They would definitely learn how to search a vast databank of information if they simply “Googled” it, but how to use a dictionary or encyclopedia might be too boring for them. I’d recommend exposing them to both the traditional ways of the past and the advanced methods of today.
The point here is, we don’t want them to get engulfed in that wave of technology dependency, we are seeing more and more kids nowadays sporting the psps, tablets, laptops, and other gaming consoles than the traditional coloring books, crayons, jigsaw puzzles and other “manual” toys. If we could introduce them to how it used to have been done compared to how it’s currently done, we would still see that connection between how we once lived and how our old methods are preserved for many generations to come.
We all want our kids to be smart and techie, but we don’t want them to be dependent on search engines and the internet all the time as this deteriorates their common sense.
I still find coloring books and jigsaw puzzles fun over the digital puzzles and paint. At least these things we could preserve and show our kids how we do things when back in the olden days. Unlike digitized media, our problem would always be “what if one day the computers and all tech gagdets just vanish? which is not likely to happen (a global blackout is more likely to happen).
We could expose them to all the technology and interactive things, but we need to remember that there’s still the traditional way to do things, the things that teach us perserverance, rewards, and recognition in a way that it feels so much worth it than if we typed in a word and hit search and let technology do it for us.
Only you could choose how this all ends, besides, they’re your kids.
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Last modified: June 14, 2012