When I was 9 years old, my dad took me to a pawn shop to show me the laptop that he had chosen out for me, which is the one I’m using to this date, the one I’m using right now, and the one I use for creating my programs, databases, html websites and phone apps.
So, at the age of 9 I was to get a laptop. It was used, but I loved it and I still do, it works perfectly fine. Around the age of 10 we finished paying for it and I took it home with me.
My father sat me down at the table, slid the laptop in front of me and said:
“Learn it. Be smart. Learn to use it for good.”
To which I ignored and started playing dress up games and being on Facebook until the day I got bored of it.
That’s when I was welcomed to Onling RPG games and that’s where I learned how to download and install anything that I want.
I was 10 years old, at the age of 11 I was investigating how to solve virus problems by myself and how to give my laptop maintenance without my dad’s assistance.
At the age of 13, I was on a Nintendo DSi social network platform doing HTML coding from a laptop for designing profiles for the users of that platform in exchange of the platforms currency so that I could play games.
At 14, I was learning to use Photoshop, Blender, Paint tool SAI, Gimp and many other graphic design programs.
And now, I’m at the age of 16 and I’m in my second year of High School in the technical career field of Technical Programming. I am learning Programming Languages, I’m creating programs, websites, apps for phones, Databases and I still have many more to learn. I am two semesters away from graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Programming and as a Physician, after that, I’m off my way to college for Computer System Engineering.
And all of this, because my dad decided to place a laptop in front of me, at a young age.
He wanted me to be smart, to learn how to use a computer to it’s maximum. I took computing in 6th grade where I learned to type. Ya know, correct hand and finger placement on the keys and how to type at a high speed without looking at the keyboard, etc.
And all of the things I learned on my own along with my crazy computing teacher teaching me how to type on a keyboard correctly, are what have helped me get to where I’m at.
Because my dad decided to place a laptop in front of me at the age of 10.
So, is giving children technology at a young age a bad thing?
If you, because you are the adult *probably* that gave their child a tablet isn’t responsible to how and what your child does on that tablet, the child may not learn it for good.
But if you have a curious child like me then, don’t worry. Just don’t scold him/her when you walk in to find your child with a screw driver screwing off the back of your laptop just to see what’s in there or cutting headphones to investigate how the cables transmit the audio to your ear.
We live in a generation in which technology is taking over, in which technology is a must-have. Technology is part of the future.
Of course, make sure to go outside, enjoy life and to not become a slave to your phone.
You’re the owner of the phone, you have the control, not your phone.
The more a kid learns how to use a computer or a phone, the better his academical life will be since nowadays kids work on computers a lot or get on the internet to investigate homework…..or play games. Yes, I know I was a little computer nerd when I was younger but hey, I would also play games! It will be easier for them, it will make their learning a bit more advanced, since they won’t have to go through the instruction to, let’s say, type in a URL. They already know where the URL goes and how to put it in and how to access it, they will know how to access internet, etc.
But remember to make sure that they just don’t sit around and play games, make sure they go outside!
Sure, a world filled with technology, but it’s also a world filled with people. Make sure your child socializes, gets physical activity, everything!
All I’m trying to say is that:
Don’t prohibit your kids from technology. You can even put parent control settings if you’re unsure about it. If they don’t learn, when will they? Of course they can learn on their own pace as time goes by.
Do you agree?
Of course this is my point of view considering my own experience and what I am seeing with my sisters who are aged 9 and 10. So far, they are doing great. 🙂
Thanks for reading.~~
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