My first memory of using a computer was in the fifth grade when we could go to the library and play Oregon Trail. On an Apple IIe. With a green screen. A floppy disk. No animation. No color. We thought we had hit the jackpot! I think our school library had two computers at the time and having a computer at home was a rarity.
Fast forward to my senior year in college when I was introduced to this new thing called email. It was such a strange concept but now thirteen years later email is a part of my daily life. It is my main form of communication throughout my day as it allows me to maintain contact with friends and take care of some details of life without disrupting our school day.
I am amazed at how much my children know about the technology. My eight year old is fluent in terms about email, text messaging, and using instant messenger. She uses email and IM to communicate with her friends and her cousins who live far away. It helps her to feel connected to those she left when we moved but it is something that I monitor closely. She has friends who at eight have their own personal cell phones. Of course, she thinks it is very "cool" and the thoughts of her own cell phone dance in her head. I am the squasher of that dream - sorry babe but you are eight!
There are advances in technology every day. I know I will never be up to date on all the latest as I am not very tech savvy. But as my children approach the "tween" and teenage years, it concerns me as to where technology will take us. Where is the balance going to be with IM, email, text messaging, blogging, and the new things we don't even know about yet? How do the conveniences of technology fit into our life and the values of our family? I surely don't want that comic strip to become a reality in our home.