Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #144!
If the pull of technology has your family by the throat at your house, these slightly “tech-tweaked” children’s books may be just the ticket!
I was looking through my Goodreads account the other day and saw Goodnight iPad on my list. I don’t remember putting it there, but it did get me on an interesting Amazon search…
I would be willing to bet that almost ANYbody reading this post remembers (or at least recognizes) the original versions of the two classics below. These are so cute that it’s possible even your tween and teen may enjoy them – especially if you make it a family read-aloud activity. Don’t be fooled, however: each present serious modern-day lessons for us all. (And check out author David Milgrim’s pen name!)
Yes, I know we live in the age of the internet, but at the same time, parents need to guide their children well so that technology doesn’t take over their lives! Of course, “us parents” may need to be just as mindful for ourselves, right?
To be totally transparent here, I know that it’s becoming an issue in my household these days…
Some of these books are direct parodies of older children’s classics, others stand on their own. They all represent “cautionary tales” about managing the potentially addictive quality of those technological devices that are becoming – or have become – staples in the American home.
Some even provide useful tools to that end, marked *.
Dot. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her.Goodnight Selfie – After the star of this story gets her brother’s hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the “selfie,” there is no stopping her! Turning the camera-phone on herself becomes a part of her every day, all day long. Until, that is, it’s time to call it a day.Arthur’s Computer Disaster – Arthur wants to play Deep, Dark Sea on the computer every chance he gets. He’s hooked! When his mother leaves for work and asks him not to touch the computer, disobedience leads to disaster when Arthur and his friend Buster both reach for the mouse — and the computer screen goes blank!* Cell Phoney – After much anticipation, Joanie Maloney finally gets her very own cell phone! But owning a cell phone requires responsibility and sound judgment. Along with Joanie, children will learn the *six rules of cell phone usage which are designed not only to keep them safe, but also to keep them from being tempted to hurt others.When Charlie McButton Lost Power – Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power. Charlie needs batteries – FAST! But the only triple- A’s he can find are in his little sister’s talking doll…* In the fourth Mrs. Skorupski tale about libraries and library skills, fourth graders at Liberty Elementary learn to evaluate Internet resources for accuracy, ease of use, and informativeness. *Includes a link to lessons in website evaluation and the Website Evaluation Gizmo.hello! hello! – Outside the world is bright and colorful, but Lydia’s family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. So Lydia ventures outside. There are so many things to say hello to! When Lydia comes back home she decides to show her family what she has found, and it’s hello world and goodbye gadgets!Computer Trouble – When Papa brings home a computer, the whole family is excited. Soon Mama, Brother, Sister, and even Honey start spending all day every day staring at their own computers. It’s up to Papa to get the family off the computer and back into the real world!
What’s going on at YOUR house? Is tech taking over? Are y’all getting unplugged with each other as the plugged-in devices proliferate? Please share your experiences (and helpful tips if you have any!) in the comments today!
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