Children in today’s society are naturally exposed to all sorts of technology and unlike what we’ve been taught, they really don’t need to have a formal plan of instruction and teachers who’ve met certain qualifications in order to learn.
As a matter of fact, as I continue to watch our children grow, develop and learn, I’m more convinced that much of this ‘formal’ teaching may be detrimental to our children’s development and to how God created them to learn.
The “Hole in the Wall” experiment has demonstrated that children in poverty, who have had very little exposure to technology learn very well on their own and that if they were provided with a computer,
Within hours and without instruction, children began browsing the web.
When our kids have need of, or interest in certain technology, they learn about it. They learn about it the same way Mark and I learn about it, by using it and experimenting with it.
In our home we don’t limit exposure to technology per se. We encourage our children to use the different technologies available to them and we provide supervision and instruct them about their responsibilities.
We also don’t go out of our way to have all the latest technology just so our children are able to learn about it. We acquire technology that fits our budget and that we believe will be beneficial for our family.
What other questions do you have? How have you broached technology in your home?
[Laughing to/at myself] I just read Connie’s post about technology answering the questions of ‘what age’ and ‘how much’. That’s probably what the question was about. I don’t think about that type of thing too much because, 1) we don’t have texting capabilities and 2) we don’t have mobile social media devices, so we don’t deal with that at this point in our lives.
Because we try to focus on being productive or active in our for-fun, free time we don’t tend to invest a lot of money in technology that entertains, so when I think of technology I think of the useful aspects of technology, not so much the entertainment aspects of it. 🙂
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