30 November 2007

Pretty much a moot point

Sorry, Doc... there's just no putting the tech genie back in the bottle...

Donald L. Shifrin, a pediatrician based in Seattle and the spokesman for the academy, said tech toys cannot replace imaginative play, where children create rich narratives and interact with peers or parents.

“Are we creating media use as a default for play?” Dr. Shifrin asked. “When kids want to play, will they ask, ‘Where’s the screen?’”
My 11 year old son has been using computers since grade one. It's simply a part of his life. His latest big thing is a game called "Wildlife Zoo" and you'd best not try to get in between him and his growing colony of animal charges.

You have to wonder, though... how will a generation of tech-savvy kids differ from their parents.
Eric Jorgensen, a programmer at Microsoft, has invented PixelWhimsy, a computer program that allows toddlers to sit at a regular computer and bang away on the keys to create sounds and colors and shapes, but without damaging the computer.

Asmin Jalis, who also works at Microsoft and whose 2-year-old boy, Ibrahim, has been using PixelWhimsy, said his son liked it better than his toy computer. “We have a toy laptop for him, and he knows it’s a fake,” he said.
Big wheels keep on turnin'.


MB said...

My 15 month old daughter is the same.

She wants to bang on the keyboards of our computers. I gave her an old keyboard to play with, but she has no interest in it, and would rather try to smash the stuffing out of our laptop.

Neo Conservative said...

"mb says... smash the stuffing out of our laptop"

before my son could even crawl... if we left the phone down on the floor, he would roll across the room and knock it off the hook...

his robotic friend would then start to chant... "please hang up, please hang up now, buzz, buzz, buzzzzzz......" which he apparently found hugely entertaining.

a friend of ours brought over an old phone, so that he could have his very own plaything... and he wanted absolutely nothing to do with the inert doppleganger.

babies are smart


MB said...

My daughter does the same with our phone.

We have a new-fangled cordless with message and find-the-phone function.

She constantly presses the message button so that the voice can say "You have no messages." Either that or she presses the locater button so the phone ring constantly throughout the house.

The only thing more annoying than "You have no messages" is cutting off the message by pushing the button before the message has finished "Yo.." "Yo.." Yo.."

Of course, she ignores the toy cell phone we got for her.

Neo Conservative said...

i have to confess to once performing an "emergency battery-ectomy" on a stuffed teddy that would, upon having his tummy squeezed, sing a snippet of a xmas song.

i'm not especially proud of that... but after a couple hundred rounds of "jingle bell rock" one afternoon... it was either him... or me