In Silicon Valley, it seems that families share more then time together – they share IT duties. When it comes to my family, my husband can fix anything if he had time (he has an Engineering and Business background). But I love tinkering with tech gadgets so I asked to be in charge of installing and managing our wireless network. At times I regret my decision, spending those precious moments when my kids are at school debugging our wireless network is not fun. But I do feel good when I fix the problem (the most popular way is to shut down our DSL modem and wireless router and just restart everything).
But I have to give extra credit to my sons. I put my eight year old in charge of figuring out how to use any kids gadget that we buy and put batteries in. When we did buy him an iPod, he had to figure out how to use it on his own (and he did quickly). I installed internet controls but he is constantly trying to hack it, recently he figured out where the "uninstall" application is on our family PC.
Even my 4 year old twins enjoy installing batteries in toys and taking things apart (sometimes putting it back together). When I take them to the Apple Store, they just sit down and start playing the computer games without asking many questions.
But I feel them gaining on me, even with my tech gadget obsession. I wonder what the future will hold, what types of computer applications and tech gadgets will our children have? When will I need to go to them for IT help?
Yesterday’s New York Times had a great article titled "Wanted: I.T. Experts (No Adults Please)". It looks like the kids are gaining a lead with technology expertise. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that my first exposure to computers were punch cards in college. What would life had been like for me I had a PC like my son when I was 8!