I've learned to expect this attitude from adults. Often when I talk to a non-academic about being a computer scientist I get responses like, "Should I get Windows or a Mac?", "I was thinking of setting up a wireless network." or "What do you think of that Google IPO?". Of course this is on top of them thinking I have a cushy academic job teaching three hours a week with summers off.
For my daughter I just went ahead and fixed her problem. I know when she becomes a teenager she'll run circles around me on the computer and will say "When I was a kid I thought you knew everything about computers. What do you computer scientists do anyway?" Then we can talk.