Warning: Computers are Hazardous!

July 1, 1993

Warning: Computers are Hazardous!

By A new study from the Alliance for Childhood, a private nonprofit group that focuses on child development, said in a report that computers and the Internet prevent preschool children from interacting with each other and adults.

A new study from the Alliance for Childhood, a private nonprofit group that focuses on child development, said in a report that computers and the Internet prevent preschool children from interacting with each other and adults.

“Children need a healthy education, and computers cannot provide them with a healthy education because children need a living education — with live people,” said Joan Almon, U.S. coordinator for the organization.

According to the Alliance for Childhood, introduction to computers at an early age does not heighten children’s creatively and can cause eye strain, repetitive stress injuries and obesity.

The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars a year on new technology for elementary schools. In the last five years public schools have spent more than $27 billion in computer technology and related cost.

“That money could be better spent,” said Joan Almon, “on proven educational interventions for children at risk of school failure, including small classes and smaller schools, higher salaries to attract and retain good teachers, and early attention to nutrition, high-quality child care and health care, and safe housing.”

There seems to be a strong anti-technology sentiment among a few in the teaching community. Its as if they are threatened by this “impersonal desocializing technology” and not realizing that the computer is an invaluable tool that the children MUST learn how to use. Those who think they can live in the 21st century being computer illiterate are living in a dream world.

When used correctly, kids can benefit from computers; teach typing skills, cognitive learning, and of course the Internet. If we want children to growup and be productive adults, we need to expose them as early as possible. To paraphrase Einstein, “We cannot teach for the future while living in the past.”

I am living prove that computer can only help ones future. I was exposed to computers at the age of ten and have interacted with them every day for the past 20 years. According to the Alliance of Childhood, I should be a 400 pound, brain-dead troll living in an abandon building. But as I was growing up with COMPUTERS, I was a boy scout, took guitar lessons, played soccer, and received my pilots license. I was neither obese, sedentary, nor isolated from my family or friends. These findings are like saying TV is bad for children. No kidding, really?! As for eye-strain, I still have 20/20 vision after 20 years of computer exposure.

Did anyone even hear of moderation?

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