Yesterday we chatted about the value of typing and the daily use of the computer lab. While I agree with the general consensus “typing is an invaluable skill” I still wonder if it is something that should be taught in say fourth grade rather than kindergarten or first grade.
I lead this anti-technology push with a bit of hypocrisy. I personally am I computer fanatic. I love my iMac, i love my iPhone and I love that a VPN allows me to work remotely from home. Yet, it is a love/hate relationship for me. My personal and professional life revolve around computers, but it is the offline events in my life that bring me true happiness.
Do your children email? The other week I had coffee with an older friend of mine. It was lovely, absolutely lovely. A few days later I received a small card in the mail with a simple note, “I had a wonderful time.” This physical piece of mail made me smile from ear to ear. When is the last time you got a pleasant, non-bill piece of mail? Last December? Our generation just doesn’t send random notes often.
Our girls have a variety of little pen pals across the nation. They love going to the mailbox. However, with the price of stamps and the volume of mail my ladies create things were getting pricey. I am ok popping a stamp on a piece heading to Colorado, but a letter heading to Nana’s (only a hop, jump & skip away) felt like a bit much. When the girls started showing interest in typing I set up an email account for them. So far it has only been used to send email to Nana & Papa and Grandma & Grandpa.
Benefits of your child having their own email address include:
- Working on spelling skills
- Punctuation practice
- Reading skills
- Understanding web etiquette
- Hand-eye coordination or mouse control
- Gaining the ability to navigate a computer program
- A sense of ownership
I worry this email account is a slippery slope. Why not write notes to friends from the email account instead of sending letters and art? Why not set up a Facebook account too so they can share photos or video clips? That is just not happening in this house. If you ask me why it would take me a few minutes to collect my thoughts and share them in a logical order, but the definitive answer would be “not happening.” Yet, what is an appropriate age for a Facebook account? Being a parent in this ever changing world of technology is challenging.
The summary of this post: I set-up an email account for my
5K and 1st grader. Despite the benefits, I am conflicted.
Feel free to share your thoughts below, on Pinterest, or on Facebook. Perhaps I just need to “talk this out.” I would love some comments.
Thanks in advance,
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