Toddlers and technology?
Unsurprisingly, given the fact that Aaron and I are often online, Leo is very interested in playing with our laptops these days. We use mine to look at 'the engines' on the Thomas and friends website and with Daddy he likes to type his name into Word. He doesn't realise that he could also do this on mine yet! He's become very good at it in just a few days and goes around spelling his name to anyone who will listen.
It seems that many toddlers are already used to todays technology, (although that could be a slightly false impression I've gained as I read a lot of blogs and bloggers are naturally going to be fans of laptops, smartphones and cameras, so by default their children will want to be!) and sometimes I feel a bit mean by not letting Leo loose with any of our gadgets.
It's not that I'm against toddlers using them, or that I think they are too young, it's just I don't trust a heavy handed 2 year old with my precious things.... I don't even let him hold my phone with the keypad locked! Just lately though I'm starting to feel a bit mean, especially since a friends toddler now even has his own photo blog :) The thing is, if he drops my camera or messes up my laptop I will cry.... I cannot be without either of those things!
I'm working up to the idea of getting him started with a mouse on some of the age appropriate stuff online, there are some games on the Thomas site, which so far I've played while he watched as I don't generally use a mouse which makes it quite tricky, and I had a quick look at Cbeebies the other day and saw they had some too. My only reluctance is the fact that once he knows they are there he'll be wanting to do it all the time!
I think I see a birthday present idea forming for him..... he has a Leap Pad 'laptop' (but it's obviously not as desirable as Mummy's) maybe time to investigate 'kiddy proof cameras?
What do you think, should I loosen up and let him have a go? Do you share your 'toys' with your children?