Chicago moms dish on raising digital natives


Joyce Cunningham

Hometown: Schererville, Ind.

Kids: Six (20, 12, 10, 8, 4, 6 months)

In home tech: We have a range of things including three Nintendo DSi, Wii, two PCs, one laptop, one tablet, Xbox, one iPod Touch, three cellphones, three CD/iPod players.

How do you feel about raising your kids in this digital age? It's expensive raising kids in this tech age, but it's necessary if you want them to have a competitive advantage. I was embarrassed at my son's fourth-grade science fair when his classmates presented presentations on their iPads and he had a basic poster board. I felt I had failed him. I have recently relaxed my Internet access controls to allow them to Google at will. It's the way they learn and research now. I like that schools are providing them with laptops and tech training. This forces me to get with the times and they actually teach me a little something.

Are your kids more tech savvy than you? Definitely. When my oldest son was 8, we bought him his first phone and gave it to him before setting the controls. By day two, I went to set the controls and he had already purchased and played three games, four songs, password protected his phone, and sent/received several text messages. That's when I knew the kids were officially more tech savvy than me.


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