I don’t want to make a stink, and I completely understand why…. But I am disappointed that I can’t bring my 9 year old son to CES tommorrow. I had this whole plan worked out in my head until I realized that I had never called CES to see if they would allow me to bring my son…
It all started with being inspired by NYT David Pogue’s Son Reviews Wii Table Tennis. My 9 year old son has been asking me lots of questions about blogging and even reads some of my posts. He is my "go to guy" for reviews of children’s technology (I have three boys – if I had a girl I am sure she would be my "go to gal"). He also enjoys learning anything related to technology. For example, he saves old mouses and electronics so he can take it apart.. And when I received a Nintendo DS Lite for review, I just put the box in front of him and said "go have some fun".
The game sent with the DS Lite was Brain Age 2. Within the same day he had completely figured out how to use it, and was playing Suduko from the Brain Age 2 game. He also figured out how to use pictochat and multiplayer gaming for playdates. Before I included a recommendation for the Nintendo DS Lite in the TechMama’s Holiday Gift Guide I sat down with him to discuss what he thought about it (ok, he is hooked!). I also bought another game for the DS Lite that he tried and did not like. All my three sons put together the fantastic creations for my Happy Lego New Year 2008 Flickr badge to make sure my preschoolers get involved.
I asked my 9 year old if he wanted to go to CES with me to help my blog about the electronics – and he was so excited. I was even ready to set up a category in Techmamas just for him. Then I called CES before I was going to buy the airplane tickets to go for one day – and they told me that only teens 16 and older can attend. But, I said, "I have a 9 year old that wants to start blogging"… They were very nice but said 16 is the age limit. I do understand that having a bunch of elementary school kids running around the show could be problematic. But what about a 9 year old with geek superhero dad and techmama that wants to start blogging on his own? And nowadays tweens like my son are the new "power users" of technology so aren’t their opinions conference worthy? Especially if their mom – who is a blogger – will be there with them? CES does include technology based toys, gaming and emerging technologies like robotics that would be completely engaging to geeks in training.
For now, I decided tonight I will create a category for him and he will just start blogging from home. Maybe next year they will let an established 10 year old blogger attend CES.
Or maybe there are not many moms who even dream of attending CES with their kids anyway (I am sharing my true geekiness)….