Do you have a family computer? Or does everyone in your house have their own tech device? Although there are many tablets floating around in our house, we also have a family computer that lives in the heart of our kitchen clutter, on hand for homework, YouTube fun, and even toddler explorations.
When Bella was a toddler, I spent hours every week playing with her on the computer. We had a little Fisher Price keyboard that attached to our keyboard that taught her letters, sounds, and the relationship between the screen and the keyboard. At the time, I thought I was giving her valuable skills, things she needed to be taught. If you’d told me that I was wasting our time, I would have argued with you, argued with such conviction that I probably would have won.
Fast forward a decade and our family’s relationship with technology is very different. For the last few months, we’ve been reviewing the Lenovo Flex 20 All in One Desktop, and it has really illustrated how much my thinking of toddlers and tech has evolved. This little video clip illustrates how far things have come and how much more comfortable our last toddler is interacting with tech.
Instead of having the family computer be an aloof standalone machine, the Lenovo Flex is something that the entire family uses, but on their own terms. Sophie and Juju can get down on the floor with it to paint, play games, or goof around with the picture app.
As parents, we probably use the family computer the least, and certainly for the least fun activities, mostly with the remote keyboard, to do the bills, update the calendar, and return emails. It’s the family computer. Keeping us connected, to the world and to each other, with a shared device.
Disclosure: I received this Lenovo Flex 20 Desktop for review purposes and have received compensation for my participation in the Lenovo blogger campaign, including the trip to New York City, a series of blog posts, and a Twitter party.