Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Ahh, Children and Gadgets!

I STILL find it most amazing how our digital children are so much more competent with technological gadgets than us analogue parents.

While I see my phone as means of calling and receiving calls and throwing in the odd text message; young people and children seem to see these necessities as a source of vigorous networking and entertainment. Just last week my nine year old daughter was coming to her wits end as she declared that she was bored; that was until she talked her uncle into giving her his ear phones.

Now she is a totally different person as she is constantly tuned onto the radio. She now looks like a pint sized DJ and I have discovered that I have I have to say the same thing thrice in a loud voice in order for her to understand simple instructions. Reason being that the ears are constantly blocked with the ear phones.

Now she is eager to update me on what she has heard over the radio and has even crammed when the different presenters of her favourite radio station go on air. I am actually impressed that she listens to what they say. I have never bothered downloading a ring tone but thanks to my daughter she has selected a couple of funky ringtones for my phone and regularly updates hers. I just cannot be bothered.

My daughter knows all the offers on the network she is on and tries them out accordingly including the services that allow one to get minimum airtime on credit. Her elder brother who is six years older than her takes those offers to the limit. Sometime back he had me in stitches as he told me how he posed as a francophonie pretending to know nothing of the mini debt.

It was not until the frustrated customer care personnel threatened to report him to the manager that he stopped the ridiculous prank. After losing my phone and do not ask how I have been too lazy to update my latest phonebook so at the moment it stands at two names, yes shamefully so.

Just in case anyone is wondering why I have suddenly become telephone unfriendly it is because I just do not have your number on my phone. My daughter on the other hand who got a replacement for her phone the same time as me has diligently updated her list and attached a face to each name. I have resigned to the fact I am not phone crazy and will sit back and watch the digital generation make their moves.

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