So far I'm raising my daughter screen free and it is going great. However, I'm not entirely screen free (obviously) because I'm online right now. My screen time all happens when she is elsewhere or sleeping. Anyway, I recently was having a discussion about our screen free lifestyle with someone and she jumped all over me for my child being computer illiterate. She is going to be six soon and I don't personally feel like she needs to learn the computer right now. Yes, she will need it for her career and college and even high school, but she is little right now. I feel like she has plenty of time to learn the computer later. We home school and I have found plenty of other ways to teach her without using a screen of any kind (no computer games or gaming systems or any of that). She does know how to work my cell phone, which is a smart phone. A few times, when she was done with her phone call she scrolled over to the google page and typed in "knock knock jokes" before I'd realized what she'd done. I think if she can figure that out all by herself, I don't have to worry about her being able to learn the computer later. Anyway, I was one of the first people I knew to have a computer growing up and I was 10. We were one of the first families to have internet and that was high school. My senior year was the first year they started requiring power point with our presentations and when I was in college, I had a class where we were the first to be required to make a web page. Not to mention, when I was 20, my dad had a secretary who was 70 and could do more with the computer than I could at the time. When we first got the computer (when I was 10) my dad made me learn to type and by the time I got to high school I could type faster than anyone in my class. I was very proud of this. I hope someday my daughter will be able to type well, but I don't feel like I need to start teaching her now. What do you think of this?
*EDIT: Okay, this is good feedback so far. I guess I should have also asked about what she should be doing. I know a lot of people who think I should be letting her use the computer so she will have computer skills, but I'm not ready for her to be playing computer games yet, so what else is there?
Edited by AnnaNAllyson - 6/30/12 at 5:23pm