Our girls are three and a half years old. They started nursery a few weeks ago and they’re growing up so quickly.
The scary thing is that the world they’re growing up in is so different to the world that I grew up in.
My sister and I would spend our spare time outdoors playing with our friends. We’d either go over their house or to the local park, or simply just wander around.
At home my sister and I shared one pretty big desktop computer. The internet connection was dial-up so it was a pretty poor connection and you just had to pray that no-one picked up the phone whilst you were connected.
We’d play Rollercoaster Tycoon which was on a floppy disk – remember those?!
I don’t think I was on Facebook back then – did it even exist back then? I can’t remember. Twitter certainly didn’t. My Space and Bebo did, but I wasn’t on Bebo, just My Space and to be honest with you I hardly ever used it as I didn’t really see the point in it.
I remember going over my friends house and watching her on MSN chatting to people she didn’t even know and thinking that was pretty cool – the naivety of me!
I had a mobile phone, but I generally used it to play snake on, text a few of my friends and phone my mum or dad for a lift home!
Nowadays I think children are under so much pressure to be tech savvy. There’s Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, G+, Periscope, WhatsApp, Ello and so many more different platforms that I probably haven’t heard of!
Every child has a phone, tablet and games console too. It’s a constant pressure to keep up with the latest trends and popular places to be online.
My husband and I are both just as guilty at spending far too much time online. We both have Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts and all the rest. I do try to limit the amount of time I spend online, but sometimes I’ll become engrossed in something and before I know it an hour has gone by.
We both have iPads, but to be honest we never really use them. They just sit in the corner of our living room on a shelf collecting dust. We tend to use our iPhones and my Macbook Pro to do our online trawling.
I decided to let our twins have a go on our iPads not long ago. They’ve been on them before, a good few years ago, but we ended up putting them away again as both of our girls became frustrated and bad tempered after using them. I put it down to them being too young at the time.
It seems though that they’re still a bit too young. I gave them an iPad each which has a few kids games downloaded onto them about a week ago. Whilst they’re really good at playing the games such as matching the cards, putting the right shape into the right shape hole and doing jigsaws on them etc, I’ve found that their behaviour changes.
They constantly ask to use their iPads and when they’re on them they get bad tempered. As a result I’ve put them away again until they’re a bit older.
Do you let your toddler use an iPad? I don’t even let them use my phone. I prefer to see them playing outdoors or with their toys indoors. Building a Lego tower, reading a book or making up role-playing scenarios with one another.
What do you think?