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suggested reads for July 29, 2018

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When did you get your first computer?

The first computer I remember really well was my dad’s work laptop he brought home in the beginning of the 1990s. It must have cost a fortune, but my dad always had a very relaxed attitude around computers.

I remember dad saying that there’s nothing permanently bad we can do with a computer – a bold statement in the era without automatic backups and when everyone else was advising kids not to touch the expensive computers! As a result me and my siblings created stories, drawings, games and probably removed the operating system a few times. But most importantly we developed a fearless and creative attitude towards technology.

Linda Liukas

The closing phrase continues to make me think about when and how introduce ‘computers‘ to my son. At 9 months he’s already aware that the TV-remote and our smartphones are things to play with… and while the remote is just a tool like any toy in the box, the smartphone screen with its neverending source of music and video is a temptation that I do not want him to indulge with…

Do you have a child? How soon and in what forms did you let him/her play with smartphones and tablets?

Tree Change Dolls

What do you get when you take off a Bratz doll’s makeup? Meet the people who are changing the face of girls’ toys.

My wife found this little pearl while browsing for our kid stuff. We were both charmed by this little project, and the educational value of it!