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I am married and we have a little boy, one year and three months now, and live in an urban setting. In one corner of our sitting room is a computer set and a TV in the other. It’s interesting how the children born in this digital age grow up. They have no fear at all for electronic equipment.

Picture this, at 1¼ years my little boy toddles to the computer station, click the mouse a few times, presses the monitor button a few times and then proceeds to switch on the CPU. The monitor springs to life and he babbles a loud applause with hand flying in the air. I watch in amazement as the PC boots. When the Windows Logo and start up sound come on, he begins a slow swing dance and looks back at me to make sure I saw the dance.

He sits in front of the monitor and waits. The PC is booted but there is no activity. He turns to me and babbles some sound. I pick the signal and hurry to the PC and play him his favorite song by Chris Brown “Yeah x3”. The song’s vigorous dance strokes force him into overdrive. He climbs on top of the workstation stool and dance the song away very vigorously. Before long, he is tired. He climbs down the stool and goes o the bedroom and pick the head phones that I use on my bedroom computer and puts them on then comes and looks pleadingly at me. I read the signal again and plug the head phones into the PC and reverse the song.

He is at it again! Hot dance! ….

Through last year I was privileged to attend training for trainers at ITCT Africa of multiplier teachers. One of the things our teachers used to emphasize is that children born into the digital age don’t look at computers as something new – as new technology! It is something every home should have and everyone should use.

Our teachers at ITCT call these children Digital Natives as opposed to us who are called Digital Immigrants. They are born into it. It is part of them.

Parents endeavor to see to it that your children get exposed to computer knowledge because this is their time. Computer use is with us and there is no turning back. We can only delay the process but this technology must catch up with us.

I thank ITCT Africa for the education they gave me because now I can see and appreciate the need for children to get computer education.

During my time, it was taboo for a child to touch ‘father’s radio’ but I can allow my son to switch on and off at will. Surprising how much interest my son has in the clicks of the mouse!! Thanks ITCT.