How Young is Too Young for A Computer?
Children who do not have the use of a computer at home are often at a huge disadvantage in public schools and it seems like the age when our children are expected to have at least basic computer skills is getting younger all the time.
I am curious though, where is the cut off?
How young is too young for a computer?
I have a huge fear of children growing up too fast and forgetting to just be kids. I fear that we become so worried about a child’s future that we neglect to help them truly live and enjoy every single moment of right now.
Has playtime been replaced with computer time?
Has quality time feeding ducks at the local park with our children gone by the wayside while we play early reading games on the laptop with them?
When I was young, about a gazillion decades ago, the big fear was television. Our parents were terrified we would begin living our lives through the television screen.
Perhaps that fear has simply moved to the computer screen.
If our 10 year old is fascinated with computer languages and spends hours learning it, who are we to interfere with that? Is it any different than the child who spends hours practicing the piano or drawing?
As with most things in life, it always comes back to finding balance in our lives. I see no reason why children, even very young children, cannot enjoy technology as soon as they begin to show interest in it, as long as we balance it all out with other fun things.
What are your thoughts? Are we headed the wrong direction?
How young do you feel is too young for a computer?
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com