Kids Learning Computers…better with ‘tech’ than life skills
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A new survey of 2200 online mothers of kids learning computers between two and five years old found that:
More young kids can play a computer game than ride a bike.
Larry Magid of CNET News reported on Jan. 19, 2011:
The Digital Diaries study from Internet security firm AVG said that 58 percent of children aged two to five know how to play a “basic computer game” compared with 52 percent who know how to ride a bike. Sixty-three percent can turn a computer on and off, and 69 percent can use a mouse. By contrast, only 20 percent can “swim unaided,” 11 percent can tie their shoelaces without help, and 20 percent know how to make an emergency phone call.
Interestingly enough, the results were obtained by polling mothers from around the world, indicating that the techno-savvy generation is not just happening here in the US. The study polled online mothers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Another interesting conclusion of the study indicated that of the small kids learning computers: “There is no tech gender divide between young boys and girls. As many boys [58 percent] as girls [59 percent] can play a computer game or make a mobile phone call [28 percent boys, 29 percent girls].”
In this day and age, the number of young kids learning computers is on the rise, and even parents of toddlers are wondering when they should get their kids on line. However, while it’s important that today’s kids be techno-savvy, I urge parents not to do so at the expense of learning life skills. It’s very important that parents create a balance in the various skills children must learn.
Kids learning computers also need to learn the very important life skills of their developmental stage!
Enjoy your kids!
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