How a Five-Year-Old Views Communication and the Internet

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Karenna loves the Internet.  She knows that it brings her the Netflix; YouTube videos of the Beatles (she's a John Lennon fan); They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast, The Wiggles Website's games; window shopping at The Children's Place, Toys 'R' Us, and Amazon; and much, much more...

She also knows the applications and their icons.  She looks for the little fox and asks if I'm running Firefox.  She knows I read mail from the Internet.  Now she is starting to recognize Mommy, Daddy, and all their friends talking to each other on Twitter.

A few weeks ago, she asked for a Twitter account.  "You're not even four yet," I told her, "You're too young for Twitter.  Let Mommy and Daddy think about email first."  She is just starting to read and she's already asking for Twitter? I thought these requests would come later.  We would have to think about setting up an account that whitelists family and excludes everything else; I don't want her getting half of the things I get as spam.

Fast forward a week and she's still asking for her own Twitter.  "You just learned to use the telephone last year," I told her.  "You need to let Mommy and Daddy come to grips here.  Give us time to think about email. Twitter is a long ways off for you.  You are too young yet."

Karenna's response was, "So when you're born it's nothing, nothing, nothing.  Then you use the phone.  And it's phone some more.  And then you get bigger and you get email, email, email.  Then you're older and you get Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter forever..."

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I wonder what she would tweet?

Woke up this morning, ate Cheerios, and pondered the Obama candidacy.

Had a fight with brother. Won.

Anyone know of a good tic-tac-toe game for my iPhone?

That is so cute. I thought my cousin had enough problems with her tween putting away messages on her aim. And learning it from the tween's friends parents.

Dana, I bet you are right. Substitute "Special K Red Berries" for Cheerios. (She loves that the cereal has a "K" for Karenna.) Substitute "app similar to TuxPaint" with tic-tac-toe, and you've got her pegged!

Julie, yes, sadly I thought I had time to ponder these issues. Makes you wonder what kids like her will expect when they get to college. Or what parents like me (Stealth Bombers) will expect for them?

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