Simone and Nadia have asked for an iPad that they are not getting. They play games, take pictures, and record video on their LeapFrog LeapPads. They can work a stylus like no one else I know. They request book apps like they are ice cream or something, and I’m sure they will get a few more apps now that a Kindle Fire is in the house.
We have a few technology rules. They cannot download anything. If they do, they have to tell us. (It has happened once or twice.) We use computers and games for learning and a little fun, but I can’t help but wonder if all this technology is too much of a good thing.
I am tickled to have the Kindle because I don’t have to lug magazines and books on the airplane anymore. Yay! Still, I don’t think I was excited as Simone and Nadia. When I told them it was on its way, they jumped up and down.
“Wait,” I said, “you don’t even know what a Kindle Fire is.”
“Yes, I do,” Simone said. “It’s a tablet.”
Well, she told me.
But how does she know? She couldn’t really explain. I suspect it’s because my girls (and their peers) can work any gadget. They seem to have the innate ability to check email, play music, or scroll through pictures on a smart phone. I promise we didn’t teach them.