If you are a regular around Empty Nest, you know how I am about digital citizenship and internet safety. Anal barely covers my opinion on the matter. As a former teacher of technology to elementary students, I developed hardcore rules that I not only share freely (translation- tell people whether they ask me or not or jump up on my soapbox as soon as the conversation leaves me an opening) but that I, myself, practice.
Technology can be a hindrance in just about anything we do. It keeps us from talking face-to-face as much. It keeps us inside in front of artificial light. It ruins our eyesight and our attention span. It messes with our social skills and keeps us inactive. We are constantly distracted by our devices and we exhibit rude behavior in the company of others. It has made it easier for us to bully others and to have our lives stolen by thieves. We are so impressed by technology, that we get all caught up in the web and we can't find our way out. Not only that, but we don't seem that interested in an escape. We all seem to be on the fast track to being overtaken by those who are so technology savvy, that they can do so. Could it be that believing our society needs to be the way it was decades ago is naive? Considering the way society is changing in the ways of technology, yes. If we don't evolve with the changes, we're sunk. That's why educating ourselves in this matter is of vital importance.
If seems these days our children not only grow up and move out into the world to make their mark, they also tend to move further away. Some of them are following dreams, some are continuing their education, some are following jobs, some are seeking adventure in a big city, some are following love...there are countless reasons why some of our children move away but the problem is the same: they are far away.
So, how are we supposed to keep in touch? This is where I am most grateful for the digital age. In our family, we make good use of:
- social media
- the cloud
- Google Shared Drive
- the age of my parents and aunt
- a granddaughter arrived on the scene
I've found a couple of interesting products for keeping in touch with aging parents or other relatives (I've only recently begun this search so please share in the comment section what y'all have found and find safe..I'll post more as my research continues):
Here's a list I found of the top 7 baby monitors for 2016 on Fatherly.
The digital world has made it easier to stay connected with our aging parents and our children/grandchildren though I wonder how safe all of our options are. Safety will always be of the utmost concern for me.
And those devices such as Google Home and the Amazon Alexa? Well, watch this:
Hilarious! But I thought it was great for making a point: We have to be so careful in these digital days.
How are y'all staying connected with your family members who live away?