Sunday, 13 February 2011

A computer Free Day


This is what every second day is supposed to be so that Caleb actually creeps out of his self-imposed computer hole and seeks daylight. Like a blind mole, or a particularly light sensitive worm. I'm sure there are other households with children suffering this same affliction. I'm concerned Caleb will look back at his childhood and only recall Earthworm Jim, Kratos and Prince of Persia as his friends, have a hunch back, vision permanently focussed at 30 centimetres and will only have computer geek language skills. He thinks he's L33T (elite) you n00b.

Once, when asked to do something else his response was he couldn't think of anything. Mine, 'Find your imagination'. He was silent for several moments before responding in a 'computer like' voice, 'Imagination - not found.'

This morning his computer free day resulted in this little spurt of humour that while we all appreciate is not going to earn him any online time.

10 comments:

HAZEL said...

Oooo it is so tricky. Caleb's generation will need to be computer savvy...but a balance must be struck. Glad he can see the funny side of it!

Busy mum of 3 said...

I've got a nearly 6 year old son who is showing computor addiction tendencies already! He can't even read yet, but he's figured out how to google to get games he wants to play! It's a bit scary really, we've started laying down some pretty strict ground rules already, so I know where you are coming from.

dixiebelle said...

Too funny!!

Denise said...

Have a 16yo boy too. Spent most of the Xmas break inside at the computer and would probably take surgery to remove his fingers or hands from keyboard or controller. I have parent angst too wondering about him missing out on life but Facebook et al is their social life these days. Actually forced him to come and stay at friends shack at Port Arthur for the weekend - no tv, computers etc and there were other boys to interact with. Didn't see them all weekend as they were too busy exploring, swimming etc. But as soon as we got home he disappeared again. Have modified computer so he can only log on for a certain amount of time now or homework won't get done this year. I think most parents are having this battle too, aren't they!

Bold E-Zine said...

It's amazing how talkative my granddaughter is on facebook, and texting on her phone, when she can't manage to string together 10 words in a face to face conversation. Technology is robbing our children of their ability to commnuncate. LOL, at least in a way her 'baby boomer' grandmother understands.
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Anonymous said...

Linda, have been wondering how your family is fearing over in Christchurch and if they are safe and well? Our thoughts are with you and hope things are not too bad. Net.

BIG FAMILY, little income said...

This month we started what we hope is a regular self-imposed tech hiatus - we're doing tech-free nights Monday - Thursday, first week of each month. I have to say though, I was as lost as the kids. It's great to claw back some family time which doesn't involve computers or televisions or mobiles. Well done guys. Hope you have continuing success.

Anonymous said...

Santa brought our son a trampoline... it's the only thing that will get him outside!

Linda Cockburn said...

Yep, bought a trampoline one Christmas too. Each year I endeavour to buy something that can only be used while running, jumping or exercising. We've had Kayak's, laser gun tag games, trampolines. Nothing works very long. Computers have this strange gravitational pull that draws them in.
It gets to the stage you know you should be the parent you always said you'd never be and unplug and put the darn thing away.

Not there yet.

ecosopher said...

This made me LOL

;D