Our seven-year-old came home from school recently and told us he had to set up his online profile. Come again?…we thought.
Was he signing up for Facebook? #whattheheck….?!
Well it wasn’t Facebook, thankfully. It was Edmodo, an online program his class was starting to use as a means of communicating.
At first, I must admit, I was skeptical about this new tool. It’s one thing for him to mess around with some apps on the iPad, or look up a video on YouTube, but I wasn’t prepared for social networking.
Although, after helping him set up his account, I was sold on it. The teachers update homework assignments, there’s a calendar that tracks special events, and you can even ask the teachers questions directly. I like it.
Gone (or at least going) are the days of 3 lb agendas kids lug home each night. Technology is changing the way we do business, so this is a great first step to getting kids familiar with the web.
Our son is a pretty active kid and has never been too into video games or surfing the web, but he is leaning that way.
This is the best gateway to going online. I am sure there are kids out there his age with Facebook accounts. This is at least education focused. But as much time as I might agonize over my profile shot on Facebook, he spends time tweaking his “avatar” giving him a different shade of baseball cap or a gold chain.
Of course he is growing up – gone are the hugs and kisses when we drop him off, replaced by fist bumps and high fives. But now he runs to a computer in his class instead of the action figures.
I know this is a sign of the times. When we were kids, computers were just getting to high schools, not elementary school classrooms. Still, we worry.
Kids on his baseball team, kids no older than 9, have iPhones (not iPods or iPads – iPHONES!) and text each other. How young is too young?
I’m sure the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree on this one. We’re guilty as charged when it comes to being ‘plugged in’. Monkey see, monkey do, I suppose.
Are your kids online? What are your thoughts? How do you protect them?