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Anna Guy: The low-tech family

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Peter Meecham
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Well, I had been waiting for it but I didn't think (or hoped) it was going to happen so soon... My kids arrived home from school today and my eldest said "Mum, I want an i-Pod for my birthday". His birthday is five months away, but he thought he'd get in early. When I asked him why he wanted one he came back with the typical, "Because everyone in my class has them."

My goodness how times have changed... What happened to good old CDs? I got an i-Pod for my 30th birthday so there's no way I'm buying one for my 10 year old. Too harsh do you think? 

I know that technology is all around us now, but it does come at a cost.  If it's not the latest and greatest then it's quickly yesterday's news.

I suppose I feel this way because with four children, if I buy for one - I have to buy for all of them and it gets expensive. Sometimes they just don't get what they want. However, they do have the bonus of always having someone to play with. I have fond memories of growing up with three siblings. We would play together for hours, making up all sorts of games and if you got sick of one person, you moved on to the next!

I've managed to get this far without buying an Xbox or Wii, or whatever you call them. Mainly because I have no idea how to use them. But my older two boys definitely know what they are. They play on them at their friends and that's fine, I just don't need one in my house too. I also think it's good for them to learn to play together and use their imaginations to make up games, the old fashioned way. It's not like they're completely deprived anyway, my kids play the odd game on the computer. If they have too much time on it though, they go into this zone where they can't see anything else around them, their ears seem to close up and I can see their eyes glaze over.

The next thing I know they will be asking for a mobile, i-Pad or Facebook account... eekkk! That stuff freaks me out.

I don't know, maybe eventually I will have to buy these things. Or maybe I can wait until they're old enough to earn money and save up? Do I need to wake up to reality and go with the times? What do you think about giving young kids the latest gadgets?

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