At the same time, the Internet, coupled with technological innovation, has seen massive advances in the power of computing. These giant strides have made telecommunications accessible to billions. The miniaturisation of computers has enabled mobility and there is some kind of connectivity on every corner of the planet.
Prices of computers and mobile phones have plummeted in the last decade and this has accelerated ownership of high-tech devices among those who previously could not afford them. That would be most of us. And, of course, these devices have also found their way into the hands of our children …
For the first time in history, children are using the same technology as their parents and they know how to use it better, although not necessarily responsibly. They have the same access to the world as we do. In fact, we are the first generation of parents that will never keep up with the prevailing technology and finds itself constantly on the back foot, playing catch-up and desperately trying to understand the wired generation that is our children. This is why this book is so important.
Tech-savvy Parenting connects parenting and technology in an accessible way to assist understandably anxious parents, some of whom are suffering from a severe case of technophobia, as well as those who have decided to throw up their hands in surrender and allow their children to do what they like in the digital world.
Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck take you on a journey from the biggest screens in your child’s life to the smallest: from the passive entertainment of the television to the interactive nature of gaming and Internet-linked computers, to the realm of social networking – often accessed via a smartphone.
As parents themselves, Nikki and Arthur share their wisdom, insights, personal anecdotes and practical advice to help you make sense of this new high-tech normal that is making an impact on our children’s development and the way we need to parent them. It is a much-needed guide from two people walking the same journey as you, that provides context and perspective.
It is reassuring to know that all is not lost – that parents really do still have a vital role to play in their children’s lives, that we don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and that common sense still applies.
Johannesburg, May 2014
Aki Anastasiou, aka The Greek Geek, hosts Technobyte on Talk Radio 702 and the television show Tech Busters on CNBC Africa. He also talks on disruptions and the impact that future technologies are going to have on the world. Follow him on Twitter on @AkiAnastasiou .