About Digital Kids

My name is Frank Johnson, and I would like to welcome you to DigitalKids.info!

My 13-year-old daughter loves gadgets. Anything digital or technology-oriented is a natural part of her life in the same way baseball was a part of my life growing up.

Whether it’s using her computer, playing video games, surfing the internet, or watching the latest DVD, her world is intertwined with technology in a way that I could never have imagined when I was a child.

Sometimes I wonder how a technological world will affect my daughter as she grows up. Certainly her life will be much easier than mine in many ways. But will it be more complicated in other ways?

The purpose of DigitalKids.info is to explore the ways in which technology can improve our children’s lives as well as ways in which we can help our children navigate through today’s digital world.

As this website grows, DigitalKids.info will include:

  1. a gathering of reviews and recommendations in one place of digital products appropriate for children and teens;
  2. discussions regarding the impact of technology on children; and,
  3. advice for parents struggling with how to raise children in a technological world.

I would very much welcome your participation in this website through comments and trackbacks. Together, let’s explore the ways in which technology can enhance our children’s lives and the ways in which we can guide our children through life in a digital world.

About Me

Frank JohnsonI have always been fascinated by technology. My father was an engineer at IBM for thirty years. I still remember him coming to a class of mine and demonstrating the use of computer punch cards (that should give you a hint of how old I am!) and years later, he spoke to my classmates and I about his work on the first ATM machines.

After my father passed away, my family took advantage of my father’s career with IBM to purchase one of the first personal computers.

Whether I was typing a school paper on the new computer, playing Pong (remember how excited we were by that fancy game we could play on the TV?), or marveling at the new-fangled video cassette recorder we bought, I remember always being intrigued by new technology.

IBM 5150

I’ve always worked with computers in my jobs, whether it was simple word-processing, web design, or sophisticated data analysis.

For the past seven years, I’ve been an internet strategist, first at E-mu Systems and now at Orion Telescopes & Binoculars where I manage online marketing for telescope.com and LiveScienceStore.com.

I’ve been married for 15 years, and my wife and I have a 13-year-old daughter who is also fascinated with technology. We live in Scotts Valley, California. While being a small town (its population is a little over 11,000), it is located only 15 miles from the famed Silicon Valley and is part of Santa Cruz County, also known as a technology center of sorts.

While I don’t have a vast amount of experience with every product category we’ll be discussing on DigitalKids.info (my daughter, for example, can whoop me in just about every video game known to man!), I am a self-confessed gadget freak, and I am committed to learning as much as I can about the categories in which my knowledge is deficient. Hopefully, with the help of the visitors who are kind enough to comment, we can create a website which will be helpful for parents evaluating the impact of a digital world on their children’s lives.