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nbruce writes "How would children survive without all the techie toys we think they need? Apparently they'd return to just being kids again. Click on the comments of the teens and children who were isolated from everything familiar during their 4 months on Colonial House (PBS, May 17, 18, 24, 25).
Here are the comments of just two. David Wyer, age 9, said, "I thought I would really be bored in the Colony without modern toys and entertainment. But when I got there I found all kinds of neat things to do. My friends and I went exploring every day and had adventures. I miss the rabbit tunnels we crawled through and played in. I also felt really proud of myself when I cut down trees and chopped firewood for my family."
His 17 year old sister, Amy Wyer, said, "I was surprised at how much I enjoyed being away from modern-day technology. I expected to really miss TV and radio but once I returned home, I realized that not only had I not missed them, but had never really even thought about them. Once home, I actually found the noise kind of irritating. I missed sitting around with my friends in the evening visiting and laughing together. While there, I came to appreciate that when it comes to 'things,' with less you receive more."
Itâ€™s not such a leap to wondering if we're really helping children by making "information toys" so accessible and indispensable in our public libraries."