Diary of a digitally intermittent young person

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My sisters and I live with my mother, father, and grandparents. Our grandparents have lived in this village for a long time. Our school is three miles away so I have a phone in case anything happens to me or my sisters on the walk there or back. The signal is not so stable at home because we are far from the mobile antenna. Once we get out of the valley, the signal is much better - as long as the power network is working!

My older sister and I take turns using the tablet to play games that my father downloads at work. Sometimes we can use it to study but the connection is usually too slow. My grandparents don’t like us spending too much time online. They worry that it isn’t good for us and that people are listening through the computer. They always tell my parents to stop sharing their extreme opinions on Facebook.

The local doctor has been visiting our house a lot recently. My grandmother is sick but no one is telling me why. At school I have been talking to my friends and searching online to see if I can work out what is wrong with her. I don’t really understand a lot of the information I find. I overheard my grandmother saying that she doesn’t want to go to the big hospital in the city. I don’t want her to either.