Formula 1 World Champions Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were at Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World to experience the world’s tallest loop rollercoaster.
When I mentioned it to Sid that evening, his first question was – “Can you tell me which of the two F1 drivers rank higher?”
Did it matter now? I wondered. But then it did, for Mr. Vettel was Sid’s F1 God, so much so, that I was caught bewildered when I happened to find a haphazard cut-out of the F1 driver brandishing a popular brand of an electric shaver that he endorsed, stuck in Sid’s diary.
So I pretended to check my e-mails when I was already at Google’s doorstep for an answer to his question.
Being a generation of children growing up in a world surrounded by technology and the internet, parents often find themselves ‘catching up’ with them digitally. Google has been my perpetual life saver; however, there are instances when I ask Sid to let me know the answer to his questions as I, like him, am willing to learn too!
Digital learning and e-books have saved our children’s backs – literally, with voluminous books at their fingertips, but whatever happened to cursive writing and spellings. I have caught Sid write ‘terrific’ with a ‘k’ and ‘wear’ almost always confused with ‘where’.
Little Princess, who has made her way into the world where IPads, smartphones, and high-speed internet is as essential as the air we breathe is under the impression that every piece of living or non-living thing can be brought back to life ‘with charge’.
During our last visit to Kerala, a glow worm caught her attention. When the worm ceased to glow, her solution was ‘come on, let’s charge it.’
Can a toddler who is born into a world ruled by technology be blamed for saying that?
Being one among a generation of parents who lived a childhood free of technology, I consider it vital for children to be well informed and encourage the wise use technological advancements to their advantage as much as they are required to be in the company of ‘real’ friends playing ‘real’ games and reading ‘real’ books; for all the technology cannot sum up the joys of ‘real’ friendship and the feel and smell of ‘real’ books!
What do you think?