Many people say it isn’t good to provide children with their own computers and internet access. More say it’s a mistake to let them go online unsupervised. I say that depends on how you teach your kids to use the computer and the internet. And it depends even more on what example you show. If a kid sees a parent going online for nothing more than chatting, gaming or surfing for porn, what’s the probability that the kids will acquire the same habits? But if they see how the computer and the internet can be tools for learning…
I never thought that my daughters would ever acquire my love for reading. I wanted them to but when they showed no inclination, I never forced the issue. I was right in not insisting. They’ve started book collections of their own. Alex, after being given her own computer, started reading manga online. That was her first real adventure in reading as an adolescent. From there, she went on to delve on Oriental and Occidental mythology and is now heavily into Literature. She’s currently reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and these are some of the books on her desk. None of them is school-related. They’re her pastime.
She’s 14 and she’s reading Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe for her pastime. She wants to study languages, including ancient languages. Does that make her a nerd? Hardly. She’s got her PSP right there with her books. She loves Lara Croft, she loves manga and Anime… If she has the TV remote in her hand, we rarely get to watch anything but Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animax. She has Maki. She goes out with friends most Friday afternoons after school. She’s a kid in many ways but she’s expanding her horizons — on her own and without any prodding. And it all started with a computer, internet access and manga.
Some of the books on her shelves. On the far left is my old, old, oooold copy of Labyrinth by A.C.H. Smith, an adaptation of the Jim Henson film. Yep, she’s been taking an interest in what I have on my bookshelves too.
But what about her love for art? Has she set aside her love for art?
I don’t think she’ll ever lose her love for art.
I’m a happy mommy, really. A very happy mommy.