I thought you might be interested in this. My seven year old grandson has been reading TechLife magazine for some time now. He borrowed them from the local library.
Often he will ask me if I have seen a certain app or do I know such and such. He seems to have a good understanding of technology and certainly appears to comprehend what he is reading. He seems to be a lot smarter than me. It must be the new generation who grow up with computers, iPads and iPhones. I have enclosed a photo of him reading TechLife Magazine. He now has a subscription to TechLife and is very excited when it arrives in the mail.
The computer for personal use wasn’t around for me until I was in my 40s and then it was a large, old, slow clunker. I reckon the first one I possessed was a Commodore 64 (if you can call that a real computer), then a second hand Compaq 386. I considered the 386 fast by Commodore 64 standards and it did much more. At that period of time I never dreamt of being able to go online.
There have been huge advances in the years since I first started using a computer and I still find I am learning. In fact, sometimes I have to ask my grandson something about my iPhone or iPad. He knows more about both of them than I do.
David says: As someone who desperately wanted a C64 when they were growing up, I most definitely class it as a computer, but I also understand what you mean about watching children who have grown up surrounded by modern technology. I’m no slouch when it comes to navigating an iPad or modern phone, but there’s an uncanny ease that children show with such devices which is more than little impressive.
But then you see them try to work out a non-touch-screen device and you realise that our skillsets are still pretty darn useful.
It is great to see how broad our readership is, though, so thanks for sending in that great pic!
THERE HAVE BEEN HUGE ADVANCES IN THE YEARS SINCE I FIRST STARTED USING A COMPUTER AND I STILL FIND I AM LEARNING. IN FACT, SOMETIMES I HAVE TO ASK MY GRANDSON SOMETHING ABOUT MY IPHONE OR IPAD. HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT BOTH OF THEM THAN I DO.