The trouble with technology

May 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm 7 comments

     We held off on letting C use the computer or play video games for a long time. We knew once he started, there would be no stopping him. Fortunately, because he is a very young 7, he has no interest in or knowledge of the kinds of video games everyone complains about. His loves are Pac-man, Galaga, Dig Dug and Pole Position. The oldies, but goodies.

     Now, anything with technolgy is of interest. He reprogrammed our last remote control so everything (including the words you see on your guide channel) was in Spanish. He did so many things to the remote control that we couldn’t figure out, I felt like I had a direct line to the cable company help desk. At one point the guy on the other end admitted he’d never seen anyone be able to do what C had done to our remote control without actually being an employee of the cable company.

     When C discovered our cell phones, he was hooked. Letting him explore the cell phone became the motivation big enough to make him tolerate a haircut. He’d program in all sorts of non-existent phone numbers and send text messages of the alphabet straight to nowhere. The worst, however, was when Husband’s business manager told Husband he had $50 of not-work-related charges on his work cell phone that month. It took only a few moments to discover C had been downloading games from the internet onto the cell phone, something we didn’t even realize was possible. Husband’s phone became off-limits, and downloading anything, anywhere has now been strictly forbidden. Even worse, the next month, the charges were $70. We discovered he had not only downloaded the games, but incurred the monthly subscription charges for said games as well.

      I see in the future being one of those really dumb sounding parents who say something along the lines of “Well, he was online, but we didn’t know he could be doing THAT!”

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  • 1. lastcrazyhorn  |  May 20, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    You should look up the game “Revolt.” It’s a computer game from the 90s involving little remote control cars with pretty nifty graphics that is totally G rated and lots of fun. I had a lot of fun with that game. Which, btw, if MY mother let me play it, that should be good enough for you. 🙂

    I will! Thanks! He loves remote control cars – Pole Position is way fun for him. I don’t even think C knows what a gun is (save for water guns), so I’m always on the lookout for anything G rated. He recently wanted to get rid of all of his dinosaur books because dinosaurs are scary. This is one innocent child, which is fine with me!

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  • 2. awalkabout  |  May 21, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Hmm….but if he can show me how to watch one show and record another at the same time on my VCR….send him over!! 🙂

    Now wouldn’t THAT be worth something?!?! We’ll work on it and let you know. 😉

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  • 3. hfamom  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    He’s talented and already has a profession in the works!! YEAH!! You’re already on your way to raising a kid who can take care of himself and contribute to society! Rejoice!!

    Let’s just hope he’s contributing in a non-hacker sort of way!! LOL!

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  • 4. FXSmom  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Wow!! I don’t even know how to do that!!

    Isn’t it amazing what kids know how to do that we can’t? No wonder our parents always seemed kinda dopey when we were teenagers!

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  • 5. daddy  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Not to mention that C showed the neighbors how to access On Demand!

    This is true…think he could figure out the light in the living room that doesn’t turn off half the time? 😉

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  • 6. looksgoodinpolkadots  |  May 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    We gave the kids a no longer working cell phone… one that still powers on, takes pictures and does all kinds of fun stuff… but golly geeze… it won’t cost any money. The worst they can do is call 911… and those peeps aren’t very friendly about it!

    Just wait til he’s a teenager and discovers naughty chat on the cell via text… it’ll cost a bundle… when I worked for the cell phone companies I’d see bills that were in the thousands… and Mums saying “but HOW????”. You can also call your cell provider and have all that stuff blocked (downloads, etc…) esp. if you guys don’t use it anyway. That way, no accidental charges.

    Kids AMAZE me with their knowledge. We have also kept ours away from games and the like until recently. Now K-Man at 8 has his own DS, only with nice games of course… but still… he came home today and plopped right down in the chair with it. OH, I DON’T THINK SO MISTER!!!!

    Before long they will be taking apart our computers and putting them back together for us… better go hide the tools.

    🙂

    Good idea about the blocking – see, I didn’t even know THAT! I’ll have to take care of that right away to ease my mind. WHAT??? Taking apart the computer! AAAAAHHHHHHKKKKK!!!

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  • 7. feebeeglee  |  June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Bede regularly hacks our passwords. We shall teach him to use his powers for teh gud, not teh eville!

    HAH HAH HAH! I know we have a future hacker on our hands as well. I feel like he already knows more about computers than I do. Scary. I, like you, just hope he’s hacking into his own accounts and not the Pentagon or something! LOL!

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