Friday, March 11, 2016

e-race, erase

Slice 11

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers 
for hosting the 9th Annual SOLSC

e-race, erase?

taking in a view
peaking in
the window 

viewing the world 
of what's going on
through that screen

I'm upset
I'm shocked 
I'm angered

adding apps
apps leading to trouble
apps that aren't allowed in our house

expressing anger
yelling to make it clear
under-age accounts open, will close

apology letter written
adding apps to feel popular
sorry for the mistake

wanting to erase the "e-race"
saddened that others don't follow rules (13 is 13)
making the e-race a rat race

smart phone the e-age
needing it to learn
keeping it real

What to do,
What to do?
I cry.  grounded...GROUNDED!!

technology my love
technology the beast
disrupting rules and choices

sometimes wishing to erase the e-race


  1. Smart phone
    in the fingers,
    disrupting thoughts
    curiosity lingers,
    and still, we find ourself
    caught, in between,
    the lure of the World outside
    and the beckoning sirens
    of the small screen.

    --Kevin, lifting lines to make a comment, and knowing every line of your poem as something that we have dealt with here in our house, too.

  2. Wow! Your powerful, creative two word title tells the story well...even your ? conveys your mixed feelings. Great piece. I understand the struggles.

  3. Wow! Your powerful, creative two word title tells the story well...even your ? conveys your mixed feelings. Great piece. I understand the struggles.

  4. I so agree with you Amy! Part of my job was to teach internet safety. I was amazed and yes a bit angry at how many fifth grade students, (9 and 10 year olds) had and used inappropriate apps/accounts. And you are right, the struggle for parents is the age old "fight" BUT MY FRIENDS USE THEM.

  5. I am so sorry the e-race caused grief. Wishing an app free weekend with your family.

  6. Ohhh hang in there -- 13 is only the beginning. I went to a great session when the presenter asked, would you let your 2 year old into the dining room with markers without first teaching them how to use the markers? We said no. His point -- let them be on it, but put the apps with their account on your phone or ipad -- you need to monitor and teach them how to use. Talk them through it like everything else. At 13 - privacy is not as important so it is a good time to teach them. As they get older it is difficult. So 13 is 13, but if we think about the gradual release you could let them have a "shared" account with you. It worked for me.
    Love the title and the poem...

  7. I really love the play on words here! :) I have a middle school daughter and I feel your pain. :)

  8. I am so glad I didn't have to contend with this when raising my two. We never cared what other kids were doing, so I didn't hear that complaint actually. They already knew where we stood on that excuse. Time for a shared account and no tech times. I'm not sure why anyone ever thought this would be a good "unsupervised" activity. It's fraught with dangers.

    1. Right, we hold a shared account. Another boy who's 11 (same age as Kam) put in his apple itunes account id and downloaded the apps so Kam could have what he had-so maddening...I do like Clare's perspective of guidance too.
      I'm still considering options but for now he's device free...grounded.


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