Parents: I feel for ya out there, especially when it comes to technology. My Dad can relate, as evidenced by this little video here.
I, too, was born before the internet and my students are quick to remind me of that tidbit. This generational-gap often takes a contentious turn when it comes to the health of our students as expressed in this article by an Occupational Therapist, who suggests (with some compelling research, mind you) why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12. In true theory v. practice, however, a number of articles quickly popped up in response explaining why parents will continue to give their children handheld devices, like this one here.
Regardless of your persuasion, the fact remains that this generation of kids is the most technologically advanced in history. How then can we, as parents, therapists, and educators, keep up with our kiddos?
One way is to acknowledge that we all have a learning curve and in this case, our students may in fact know more than we do. On a daily basis, we openly encourage our students to ask for help and now, it’s our turn. So don’t be afraid to admit that you’re a little lost when it comes to turning a word doc into a pdf or uploading video on FB or even what “cray cray” means (my mom just learned that one).
By asking for help from our kids, we get to let them be the teachers for a change and in the process remember a little bit about what if feels like to be a kid again too–a lesson in honesty and humbleness for sure.