5 years ago when I started blogging, our family’s computer needs were different than they are today. One of the first posts I ever wrote, Computer Time Versus Play Time, discussed my concerns that a centrally located family computer would draw our then preschool-age daughter to it like moth to flame and threaten her imaginative play. In the post, I talked about putting the hand-me-down computer in a centrally located place, something that we never did until a couple weeks ago when we received a HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO.
At ages 6 and 9, our kids are accustomed to technology because we started off with what I like to call technology on training wheels. They’ve had their separate but equal computers in our upstairs office for years now, allowing me to eavesdrop on their conversations, help troubleshoot, and provide guidance when necessary. We’ve talked about screen time limits and online safety issues. They’re pros at navigating websites. They make me proud when they rattle off our household computer rules even if they do so while rolling their eyes.
When the kids were younger, it was important to me to keep our living space free of too much technology. I wanted to model the kinds of technology behavior I expected from our children but I recognize our family needs are changing, making the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO a welcome addition to our home.
This large touch screen computer features Windows 8 and a visual interface that the kids have quickly mastered. Having put the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO in a common place in our home allows everyone to use it.
One of the things that we’re loving about having the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO right in our kitchen is the accessibility to Skype. No one needs to crowd around the webcam in my laptop to Skype with my parents who live across the country. The 23” screen makes it easy for us to see them (who often appear larger than life on the screen) and for them to see us.
Since the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO lives in the same place as our kitchen cordless phone, the kids will often pick up the phone and invite their grandparents to Skype. Little Miss Techie and I had a girls’ shopping trip recently and she returned so excited that she had to show her grandmother the things she found!
Take a look at how Little Miss Techie used our new HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO to show her grandmother her recent fashion haul! What a great way to facilitate communication between generations across the miles!
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