It had to happen sometime, the top end of the slippery slope of computer addiction.
For the geeks, the computer is an Acer ‘Aspire One’, purchased at John Lewis in the UK last year and originally intended for M’s use as a light but functional work machine. M has not exactly been overusing it so I thought we’d try it out with Z and it seems to have gone down well if the last two hours are anything to go by. I like the idea of the Acer but the battery has never worked properly so I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone. There are better versions of the same idea on the market nowadays anyway.
Z did have a computer earlier but it was a big old clunky thing I’d purchased from work cheap because it was being thrown out. It didn’t work too well and was not connected to the WWW so the best she could do was use the ‘paint’ function, which got to be very boring. That is now in the garage to gather dust before being thrown out. Side question – where is one supposed to throw things like old computers and TVs in Warsaw? In the UK we had communal rubbish dumps everywhere that allowed you to turn up and dump anything you wanted. They had separate areas for the different types of waste. In Warsaw I’ve seen nothing like that and so I have absolutely no idea what to do with the thing aside from leave it somewhere for ‘the borrowers’ to take it away.
This Acer has a wi-fi function so she can connect to the WLAN emitted by the D-Link router on my desk in the room next door. Seems to be working so far. Whilst I’m worried about her spending too much time on the computer, it’s hard to deny what a great tool it is for education and entertainment. Even now, on sites as simple as minimini.pl she’s having to read things to be able to play the games so it not only teaches her how to use a computer but also helps her reading skills and lots more besides. Right now she’s found a game where you can dress up a girl in all kinds of different clothes, including shoes and handbags of course! Oh well, it has to happen sometime. Next week she’ll be setting up her Facebook account I expect!
Any good recommendations on web sites for six year old girls would be most welcome.