The Importance of Being Earnest (and Tech Savvy)
My daughter marvels at how old and clunky the “fancy” computers look in old(er) pictures and movies. In fact, she thinks “War Games,” with its giant pong-like computer, is a comedy. My writing career actually started on a typewriter and though I’m not completely clueless when it comes to computers, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with technology and my teen. Frankly, sometimes e-mail is the easiest way to get in touch with her–but it isn’t the way to communicate. Face time still trumps status updates or badly spelled texts any day. Still, it is crucial to know how to navigate in her tech savvy world. For instance, to keep track of grades and assignments, her school has a special interactive site. Different sports organizations offer the most up-to-date info on web sites instead of the old phone trees and band bake sales are more successful when publicized on Facebook. I make it a point to sit down and really talk with my child, but I also work to keep up with technology—even if that means I have to twit, tweet or whatever.