This post is sponsored by Vividwireless

Do you ever wonder how our parents managed to survive parenting without the Internet? There was no Netflix, no iPads, no googling for answers and no online support groups. I remember watching Play School and Sesame Street as a kid but that was about it. Can you imagine our kids in an age without Peppa Pig?

But today our lives are so heavily connected to being connected. We have made it into an art form. We are across world and local news as it happens. Friends are just a Facebook like away and our choices for entertainment have never been greater. Our shopping is done online and we spend family time watching YouTube videos of cute cats doing even cuter things.

And while some may argue that we are too connected and that the constant rush of life has been exacerbated by the technology around us, I still think that the opportunities it presents far outweigh the challenges it brings.

For myself, it is being able to run a business, solely online, in a job that wasn’t even conceived 15 years ago let alone when I was a little girl watching Play School with my sister. I can run my business from anywhere that I have my laptop and a reliable Internet connection. Most often my bed on a cold winters night or our back deck on a bright summers day!

For others it is being able to Skype family who live overseas or access resources and information when they are house bound. Community causes can become viral as we all rally behind for support. And our children are far savvier than we will ever be as they shape the jobs and technology of the future with their innate knowledge of how things work.

The trick with making the most of technology is making it easy. Do you remember when you first had Internet in your home? I was 15 and it was a dial up connection. I would call my friends before turning on the computer to tell them that I would be on ICQ to chat. Because the dial up tied up the phone line, I would inevitably be kicked off within half an hour so someone else could make a phone call. The horror of it!

Thankfully technology has moved on from those days. And for home internet, it has come so far that we no longer need phone lines or cable outlets to get online. For the past few weeks I have been trialling the Vividwireless service and love it. You can plug it in to any power point in your home to get 4G internet access. Simple!

It is perfect if you move home a lot or like the convenience of a portable modem. And at $89/month for unlimited GB access and the option for no lock in contracts it is a great price point for families.

If you would like to get started with Vividwireless, first head to their website to check coverage in your area. You can then purchase online, by calling 1300 327 837, or in store at Harvey Norman and The Good Guys. Once you have your modem, self-activation only takes a few simple steps. All modems come pre-provisioned for network access with a dedicated Vividwireless SIM card, which can’t be used with any other modem or network, already installed.

Just last week my Little Miss, at the ripe old age of 2.5, surprised me with her knowledge of technology. After telling her she couldn’t watch the iPad despite her acting as though the world would end if she didn’t, I then witnessed her take matters into her own hands. She retrieved the iPad from my handbag, swiped to open it up, found the ABC4Kids iView app and away she went. Well, until I picked my jaw up off the ground to stop her.

At the age of 2.5 I don’t think I even knew how to turn on the TV! Imagine what the future will be like with these little people at the helm. But as I said to hubby when we set up our Vividwireless modem, the future has arrived…

Do you have any questions about Vividwireless that I can help answer? What are your thoughts on the advancement of technology and our kids?


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