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Computer and Young Children The computer and Internet are considered one of the most technological advances of the twentieth century. Also, the Internet is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of communication. Computers can be found almost everywhere, at schools, libraries, hospitals, and homes. So it is not surprising that young children will use computers in beneficial ways that is developmentally appropriate, and like any other tool it can also be misused. Everywhere you see, computers have greatly changed, or rather improved, the lives of so many. Anyone who works with computers can tell how addictive it can be like smoking. This essay examines the children's use of computers and the potential of computers that reshape children's lives both positively and negatively. In today's world of information technology, it is obvious that the intellectual growth of young children depend fully on computers and Internet. For a young boy or girl it can be just as mesmerizing as watching TV. Therefore, it makes it difficult for them to focus on any other task, such as schoolwork. Perhaps it is because of the "flashy special effects and volume of data" that is offered by the Internet. ...read more.


These problems can cause the child to completely lose their conversation skills. Some children might also feel depression, emptiness, irritability, distraction and withdrawal. Therefore, it is evident that serious effects can arise from the misuse of computers; so before any negative forces try to pull the children towards the computer and Internet adults need to show those children the positive side of computer use. However, not all children are attracted to the violent computer games or instant messaging. Instead a few of them do research about educational material on the Internet. On the positive side, some computer games can improve spatial skills and visual attention; especially for children with disabilities it can be an effective learning tool. So it is certain that computer technology have always offered benefits for children with disabilities to be trained for high-paying jobs. Positive use of computers and Internet can educate young children to develop the ability to use a few standard types of software. Software that can teach education material such as math and science that is wildly available in computer stores and also libraries. Even though, constant use of computers - to play games or instant messaging - can cause addiction a study by HomeOffice.gov.uk says ...read more.


Again, as adults' parents are their children best role models, they should start teaching their children from a young age about computer and Internet use. For example, parents should set time limits on how long their children should use the computer, tell them not to give out personal information to strangers, ignore offensive messages or contents. At same time teaching children the positive side of computer and Internet use. Such as telling them about learning materials that they will find educational, be able to share ideas with others online that it is an easy way to learn from the computer and Internet. Therefore, as adult parents play an important role in teaching their children about what is right and wrong about computer and Internet use. However, parents should teach their children in a way that they can pick up the love of learning from them. To conclude, even today many children are becoming addicted to computer and Internet use, which can lead to serious conditions like physical, social and psychological effects but as any other addiction these conditions can still be treated if parents, teachers, and family members examine the child's use of computers and the potential of computers to reshape their lives in a positive way. ...read more.

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