4 Moms on Helping Kids Keep Up With Technology (?!)


OK, I’m going to be a little blunt.  Remember this post about Introducing Kids To Technology?  Unless we’re talking about how to load the dishwasher or operate the vacuum cleaner, I just don’t think kids are as challenged by technology as those of us with a few more gray hairs on our heads and years under our belts.  The trick is not in introducing them or helping them keep up.  It’s in keeping them from disappearing into an alternate universe where you will  never see your child again – or where you can only communicate with your child via an electronic device connected to the internet.

Of course we equip our children with some basic skills that prepare and enable them to use computers.  Free keyboarding lessons and programs abound on the internet.  W3Schools offers free fast-paced tutorials on HTML, Javascript, CSS, and many other topics to improve computer literacy – great for learning to build websites or tweaking your blog.  Google is an amazing tool that can provide answers to nearly any question that arises.  YouTube is a limitless source of video tutorials on every imaginable topic.

With resources like these, some basic computer literacy will allow a motivated child to learn nearly any skill in the world.  The question isn’t how to help your child keep up with technology; it’s how to help your child decide which direction to take, or how many different directions your child can go at once!

Oh, and I’m totally open to tips on how to load a dishwasher so that all the plastic kid cups don’t end the cycle upside down and full of soapy water.

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  1. Hello, Kim. I have a suggestion for a topic: Four Moms on Helping Moms Get in Touch with Technology.

  2. We take either the bottom water catch tray from the couter dish rack or our big square glass table from our table center or a couple sheet pans put them over the items in the dishwasher and for the most part voila no space for them to flip. Please disregard the inchoerant’s of my comment as i am running on no sleep.

  3. Man I just make the kids wash them by hand. No extra effort on my part required. We use the computer and dsi’s and personal DVD players here. But we always limit screen time. I love how the Mac has built in parental controls. We have the web locked to a handful of sites. They have email so they can communicate with cousins, language programs and research is done on the computer. I have found even tho “screen” time is restricted, the horror my kiddos feel when I take away the DSI or DVD player is a most effective discipline.

  4. LOL, I love the answers to the dishwasher issue! My husband bought me a new dishwasher with covers over the side for cups that you don’t want to flip! I love my new dishwasher. It is so nice to know my dishes are actually clean.

    I also totally agree with kids and technology, they are so quick to pick things up.

  5. When I have a bunch of plastic cups I place a cooling rack on top of them. It keeps the cups in place but still lets the water swish around. Things you learn from a mom-n-law.

  6. The dishwasher thing used to get me too! Trick is – you can get these plastic hooks you string a rubber band between and then clip over all your cups so none of them flip. Simple :)

  7. Here’s how to make sure all the sippy cup lids don’t fall through. And legos. Yes, I wash all of our legos. And all of the other little stuff you wish to wash. Ok. When you shop for vegetables over the next month, start your collection of mesh bags of various sizes. Then when ever you want to wash the little stuff pop them in the bag and put the bag on top rack of dishwasher. You can close the bags with the clip squares which come on some bread sacs. Or not shut the bag. Wash away.

  8. My husband is a pro at making sure the sippy cups don’t flip. He wedges them in real good, and puts heavier cups in the adjacent row, slightly resting on the sippy…brim? And they don’t usually flip.

  9. Yes, I agree completely with you. The biggest risk is that the children will end up in an alternate universe, and our main priority should be preventing that. When children do use technology, the focus needs to be working, like learning proper keyboarding, programming, using applications like spreadsheets, etc.

    I see a lot of parents allow their children to spend hours every week playing mindless games, and they claim to think that this will make their children better with technology and more employable because they have such great skills with a mouse, but they forget that we never touched a mouse until we were in our teens, and we still do just fine. My husband is a programmer, so people think we’ll let our toddlers spend hours on the computer each day. To the contrary, we know the problems people can have with computers, so we make them a tool for doing work and not a play thing.

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