The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are discussing how large families keep up with technology.
The actual title on the 4 Moms spreadsheet was "helping kids keep up with technology", and I'm all... kids need help keeping up with technology?
Because I read an article just this week about some kids in an illiterate village in Ethiopia hacking a computer in only 5 months with no instruction whatsoever.
Doesn't it seem like there is something about kids and computers? They seem to be able to make gadgets do things without anyone telling them how to do it! My 4 year old can navigate to several different preschool computer sites and play the matching and counting games on them, even though I have never shown her how to do those things. She figured it out by watching her sister do it.
When I first got my iPhone, I would hand it to my teenage daughter and say, "Make it do the thing that does the thing," and she would hand it back to me a few seconds later with some new function ... functioning.
I have had it now for a little over a year, and just now figured out how to forward a contact's information to another contact. Guess who showed me how? That's right. My teenager!
So, the way I keep up with technology is mainly by looking over my kids' shoulders and saying, "Ohhhh... THAT'S how you do that!"
The way my kids keep up with technology is by osmosis, I'm guessing. Either that or they can communicate with computers through their fingertips.