I remember when I was growing up, playing computer games on my Binatone, and loading tapes into my Spectrum ZX to play the impossibly difficult Last Ninja 2. I then progressed onto the Amiga where I spent many an hour playing Dizzy, Rainbox Islands, and New Zealand Story. Then I remember the Christmas where my parents bought my a Playstation, complete with Tekken, Battle Arena Toshinden, & Ridge Racer. I spent forever getting that Black Griffin car! Yet, despite all of this my main memories of growing up are still playing out in the countryside with my brother and my friends, and going on our many camping trips and beach holidays.
As the digital era has now progressed massively, and kids have powerful mobile phones at their disposal plus next generation computer consoles, can I raise my kids with the same values I managed to keep a grasp on as a child? As a Modern Parent working in the online marketing industry, I spend a lot of my time in front of my computer. I don’t have the time to play games anymore, but I’ve built a career on making money from the internet so it is very difficult to get away from the PC.
I don’t mean to sound like a parent who lives and dies by the laptop, and I only recently got back from a 6 month cycle trip with my little boy. We were together 24/7 for 6 months, never more than a few feet apart. Technology was minimal, and the vast majority of this time was spend cycling or sleeping under the stars in our little tent. Wonderful memories, and it’s a trip which proves we can and do live without technology at times.
But what happens as my little boy grows up? I remember getting my brick of a phone when I was 16, and now you can buy smaller, lighter and considerably more powerful devices. I often wonder what technology will be available in 11 years time when my little boy becomes a teenager. I’m almost hoping that next Solar Maximum does indeed result in our Satellite Network and our Electronics infrastructure on the ground. That will be a sure fire way to get us back on our bikes and living simply!
In this blog I hope to document the difficulties, and perhaps the joys, or bringing up a child into a modern world. Don’t worry, it won’t all be geekery.