My oldest grandson is quite at home with his iPad, etc, even without instruction
My daughter was little, 6 or 7, when I first sat her down to Windows 3.0 and she picked up Paint in just a few minutes, likewise with some other programs and games. Of course everyone scoffed, even my wife, that the little kid couldn't use that complex computer but it just goes to show you the visual GUI is what works best as we're born with intuitively knowing how to use it. Her big hurdles were using the mouse and the keyboard, not the software.
Saving and loading files was a bit more complicated back then but she quickly mastered that too. Considering everyone is going paperless today it's not a real big problem but if you do need a hard copy the phone and tablet don't have good solutions to that problem but I'm assuming the only kind of paper our grandkids will be familiar with, assuming they learn good hygiene in the first place, will be toilet paper.
Kids love to see their stuff on paper and the print button was very popular which is something missing from tablets today. I've got a hack on my tablet that lets you print via some PDF server that then dumps it to my computer printer.
In my opinion, it's a good idea to explain how things were to offspring, don't know why. Guess I'm just an old sentimental.
I think it's called survival skills. I know how to grow my own food, kill stuff and cook it, plus I can add in my head, or on paper if too much, and make change without even thinking about it.
When the power goes out all these kids today won't be able to write an order on a piece of paper, add it up, compute the tax and make change. They'll all huddle together and as a group MAYBE be able to figure it out and have about the same reaction to their efforts as the primates to the obelisk in 2001 a Space Odyssey.
Seriously, I was at IN 'N OUT BURGER late one night and the trainee rang it up on the register and when I handed her a $20 bill her head exploded. I told her the change was a ten, five, dollar a dime and a nickel off the top of my head, and she could count it back the other way making it $385, $3.90, $4, $5, $10 and $20. Her eyes started to well up, she said she had to call for a manager, and then burst into tears. It was all I could do to not start laughing hysterically although it really wasn't funny whatsoever.
FWIW, I was such a little penmanship nerd I learned calligraphy, had quill pens, fountain pens, bottles of ink, all that stuff that REALLY bored pre-pubescent kids did before video games. Having asthma back then also meant a lot of indoors time in the Spring and Fall seasons so I also learned cooking, macrame, needlepoint,string art, accounting (family biz), chemistry, electronics, etc. which is why I'm the all knowing nerd today with mad skillz. Kids today would just play video games and not learn squat.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 10:59 pm (utc) on May 4, 2013]