I had never really thought about family members using computers and the internet to communicate. Doriano Carta in the web post for Mashable not only says that "Families have collectively jumped on the Web with gusto" but also lists 35+ Sites Made for Web Savvy Families.
Can you imagine what a web-savvy family is like?
Dad will be the source of all things new, shiny and overcomplicated. Most of which won't connect to any of the existing stuff. Mum will harangue teachers, doctors and tradesmen by frequent emails. Children will loaf about in wireless isolation, emailing their fathers to upgrade their videoplayers and emailing their mothers to do their homework for them. There will be multiple, expensive parental control software systems, all of which will be bypassed.
Is there a JustEnoughTechnology approach to avoid this, you ask?
There is , but you won't like it. Use the traditional chaos of the calendar on the kitchen wall. Use voice with volume and repetition chosen depending on urgency. Use selective deafness and amnesia to decide on and organise joint activities.