My husband and I have never quite seen eye-to-eye about technology and children, despite both being computer geeks, so we’ve compromised a lot over the years. I think overall our different approaches have worked fairly well for our family. I got rid of TV screens, gaming consoles and electronic toys, managing to keep screen time to a minimum until the children were 2-3 years old. He has always allowed them to watch occasional DVDs, bought them both learning consoles/tablets for their third birthdays and more recently built them a computer, which also serves as a backup for our files and photos.
Colin’s first degree was in computing and ever since Aaron was born he has been excited about building Aaron’s first computer, so I long ago accepted that it was inevitable! I’m still figuring out whether to have unrestricted or restricted computer time and how to implement that, but at least being actively engaged in games is better than passively watching TV.
This evening, Aaron was playing Minecraft (Colin has played for years but over the last couple of months I’ve noticed a lot of info popping up about the potential educational opportunities) and discovered how to create books. Then he fetched my study Bible from beside my bed, I helped him to find Genesis 1:1 and he started to laboriously type it out. He spent over an hour copying the first few verses of the Bible and I haven’t seen him so engaged or pleased with his accomplishment for a long time! When I eventually interrupted to take him to bed, he begged me to leave the Bible there so he could carry on tomorrow. I wonder if this may be the start of a new project . . .