Our children are being born during the current Information Age. There’s easy access to computers in almost every home in first world countries. Computers nowadays are indispensable tools for numerous everyday uses beyond ortak, from business to academic, Internet and creative endeavours. Additionally pre and primary schools are now starting to use computer technology for teaching traditional academic lessons as well as teaching knowledge for Internet research.
Rightly so parents, scientist and medical doctors are concerned and questioning that the wired world may be changing the way children read, learns and interacts socially with others. Are there possible detrimental effects due to frequent computer use? Susan Greenfield an Oxford University neuroscientist, states her apprehension in an article on www.dailymail.co.uk:
My fear is that these technologies are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment… and has noticed a sharp decline in the ability of her students to understand others.
A psychologist, Dr. Aric Sigman believes that computer technology damages the under-developed brains of young children. www.emaxhealth.com reports that in a UK childcare specialist conference he explains:
–although exposure to computers can help children learn, he advocates introducing them at a later age, by no earlier than age nine. Otherwise he believes it can damage the brain and ‘subvert the development of the cognitive skills and curiosity it was intended to foster and enhance.’
It appears that it may be too early to know for sure if harmful problems could develop for children, as they get older due to computer use. The age to start computer technology with young children differs greatly amongst many, for instance www.kidsource.com a site written by a group of parents who claim to have extensive experience in computers, marketing, engineering, healthcare, education and other related areas, believes children should be exposed as young as three in tandem with parent guidance, whilst Dr. Aric Sigman again mentions a recommended age to introduce regular computer practice for children is nine-years-old.
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