A recent conversation, that I had with my daughter’s pre-school teacher, was very enlightening.
First and foremost, she is indeed blossoming and actually right on track if not above average for her age with what she should know.
However, when asked if she knew her home phone number, her response of, “My mommy hasn’t taught that to me, but I know her iPhone number” is sadly true and very telling.
Hands raised high, that I am truly guilty of not sharing our home phone number with my 4 year old, because even though I pay Verizon FIOS monthly for our landline telephone, I am not sure the last time I actually used this phone to make an actual call.
I have an iPhone 6 Plus and pay ATT for that monthly service, as well. If it were a choice between my landline or my iPhone, the iPhone would win hands down.
I also own an Apple iPad and just upgraded my 2011 MacBook Pro 13 to the brand new MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display to round out the trifecta of IOS devices that I own and use daily.
But I digress and back to the case at point, why haven’t I shared our landline telephone with my 4 year old?
Young kids are supposed to know where they live and their home phone number in case of any unforeseen emergency.
Again, I won’t argue that.
But most will not reach me at my home number, because once again my iPhone is my go-to device being used 24-7 at all hours of the day not only for phones calls, but for anything and everything you could imagine, I haven’t divulged our home number to my 4 year old.
Judging from most of my family and friends, I would say that I am not in minority with technology and devices like the iPhone taking over where our traditional lines of communication, such as the good old landline phone and so much more, including replacing notepad paper for writing notes, sending e-mails instead of letter/snail mail correspondence or using Facebook to keeping up with family, friends and even the casual acquaintance’s whereabouts.
And if I wasn’t convinced before, I recently viewed an episode of ABC’s hit show, Modern Family, which filmed an entire episode using Apple iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.
The episode, according to Buzzfeed, consisted entirely of a series of FaceTime chats between Claire (Julie Bowen), who is sitting in an airport in Chicago, and the rest of her family members, who are in their respective houses in Los Angeles. Claire also uses her computer to simultaneously track down her eldest daughter, Haley (Sarah Hyland), who no one has heard from since the day before. The Dunphy matriarch is able to log into Facebook, search the internet, shop online, and read her emails, all while chatting with her husband, Phil (Ty Burrell), her brother, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and her father, Jay (Ed O’Neill), with other family members coming in and out of the screen.
What intrigued me about this episode, while I watched it, was the fact that a major network TV show that deals with family life at the core, showcased just how a “Modern (typical) Family” does communicate and just how much all from the younger generations right through to the grandparents use this type of technology throughout the course of their normal daily routines.
Just like the mom (Claire) in the show, I totally have used all three of my Apple devices, to do all of the above activities that she also performed during the course of that one day the episode depicted, seamlessly and effortlessly, too.
As shared above my 4 year old (and almost 6 year old, too) know how to use these devices just as easily, can perform a Face-time call with my iPhone and iPad, and also knows the number to reach me at 24-7, but doesn’t know her own home phone number.
The take away from all of this is that like it or not, this technology usage and awareness is the norm nowadays for most modern families, kids and moms included.