I was in one of those over-priced Belgian cafes, filled with equal quantities of rustic wooden furniture and jars of chocolate spread.
Next to me was a smartly dressed family. On a rustic wooden breakfast table, they were occupied thusly:
- Dad – with iPad resting on muesli bowl.
- Mum – on iPhone, with salad bowl of coffee.
- Toddler in high chair – with iPod resting on ridiculous gourmet salt shaker.
They were probably content and well-fed. To me, they looked like 3 people who were killing time until newer, slightly thinner versions of the other family members are available at the Apple store.
I spend a lot of energy ‘saving’ my kids from dying an early digital death. As the title of my blog suggests, I’m trying really hard to make sure their lives are not ruled by technology.
I am failing.
My children used to make magnificent craft. Behold a scale model of the Great Wall of China.
The great pile of …
Now, to compensate for the fact that I am depriving them of electronic wizardry, this is what they create:
Can you tell it’s the Windows startup screen logo?
And most impressively, there’s a Logitech mouse to go with the paper laptop.
Logitech’s latest prototype mouse.
This came back from a school holiday club:
The screen is a bit small, but it’s got an incredible battery life.
And our little animal friends frolic in a forest of cables and keyboards.
The perfect place to hang out.
I will continue to paddle weakly against the tsunami of digital stuff. I have my inflatable armbands, and kid-proof passwords on all my devices.
Here’s one I wrote earlier
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