My friend and I were talking tonight, and she asked me how savvy I was about social media. I said, "What's social media?"
Seriously, I admitted that I am extremely low-tech. Embarrassingly so. It's amazing that I have a blog at all, in fact. You know what I actually said to my friend tonight? I said, "Having my blog was a hard row to hoe."
I mean, what hope could there possibly be for me when I'm using agricultural metaphors? (Is metaphor even the right term? I don't know, and I'm too tired to look it up. Remember: I have three children and I work part-time!)
Anyway, I could have used more up-to-date terminology. But words like bytes and ram and other high tech words don't just trip off my tongue.
It was hard for me to set up my blog at first, because I couldn't comprehend the blog vocabulary. I had to learn all about URLs and labels and so on. However, it was all worth it, and I learned a lot.
I'm still not on facebook, though. I go back and forth about whether I should be. Obviously there are pros and cons to everything. And I haven't tried it, so I can't really speak comprehensively about it. Or rather, text! (Did you notice how I slipped that in there?)
We also got to talking about how much social media our children should be allowed. It's an interesting topic.
I remember with my oldest son that he had never been on a computer prior to JK, and I was surprised to learn it was part of the curriculum. You could say I was shocked. Now, my youngest has been on the computer for probably a year already before she has even started JK. I figure if she needs to learn it she may as well start young. And all she has done is type letters onto a blank word document. But it has gotten her familiar with a computer keyboard.
I went to a Literacy Presentation once, and the presenter talked about how literacy takes all forms. We need to be opening doors, not shutting them.
So I let my children have a DS and a Wii. They play on the computer (with a great many limits). I limit all the screen time. My children also read books, play board games, word games, and pretend games. We go to the park and hike. The kids know there will be Lego time and backyard and reading time as well as screen time. But they do read on the DS and they have to read certain things on the Wii as well. And it's all literacy. I think if children like it, they will explore it. If they relate to it, they will enjoy it. As with everything in life, it's a fine balance (thank you, Rohinton Mistry).
I want my children to be well-rounded. And to not have to use agricultural metaphors!