When seniors start using new technologies, it can lead to hilarious situations. I read this story the other day about a grandmother who was Skyping with her grandson Evan. At some point, her screen went black. Those who are tech-savvy know that laptops can go into sleep-mode after x-minutes of inactivity. Granny, however, didn’t and panicked: “Help! My screen is dying, what do I do Evan?” Evan, still being connected via Skype, replied: “No worries grandmother, just shake the m...”, at which point he seemed to be witnessing an earthquake of immense magnitude at the other side of the screen. Granny did get her screen back eventually. But instead of softly shaking the mouse (like one does when the laptop goes into sleep-mode), she had been shaking the entire laptop vigorously for almost an entire minute - frantic to get her grandson back on screen.
Have you ever been in a restaurant and observed someone taking a picture of their food? You might overhear them telling their tablemates it was #ForTheGram. Or at home, your child just advocated for their summer vacation suggestion to be chosen because it was #ForTheGram. What does that mean?
With summer vacation right around the corner and the looming idea of camp and summer activities, the initial thought many parents have right now is “what can I do to keep my children entertained and occupied?” A daunting question every parent faces as the school year winds down.
Below is FOSI's video series about the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting. Watch the videos to see how families interact with technology in their daily lives.
Kids today are growing up with digital technology (not into it like previous generations). This, of course, brings many benefits: technology opens up the world to kids, enabling them to express their curiosity, discover new passions, and connect with loved ones near and far.
“What do you say,” I ask my children when they want more milk, more potatoes, or for me to grab their favorite shirt from the laundry room.
Are you going to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?