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    When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    When should kids should be introduced to computers and other digital gadgets? Should the usage be limited? What are the advantages and dangers?


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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    When should kids should be introduced to computers and other digital gadgets? Should the usage be limited? What are the advantages and dangers?


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    As a kindergarten teacher . . . I have many opportunities for my students. They love to use the computer.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    I guess it would depend on what you introduce them to. My son loves to play various educational type games on my computer. I know they also have various games at his daycare that they allow them to play from time to time as well.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    My three year old loves Fisher Price's Easy Link Internet jump station (Welcome to the Fisher-Price® Shop Online Catalog allows him only into the sites of the character "keys" that it comes with you buy. We've bought it as cheaply as $5 on clearance at Wal Mart, and have one at Grandma's house too. He'll sit for a long time and play. It allows him to switch between websites but limits where he can go as he has to have a password to get out of the software. Very easy to use, and the games are almost all extremely educational.


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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    I'm a firm believer that technology should be used to enhance rather than replace. Too many times it is used as a babysitter.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Tiger Woods started golfing at 9 months. No reason why any other kid could be introduced to a PC at a similar age.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    As soon as possible, I need a teammate to play Madden with!


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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    My opinion is to let them experiance the real world as soon as possible, just be there with them. Also, be ready for them to pwn you in madden and call of duty when they are 12.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Never too early IMO
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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    My son is just about to turn 10, and he is allowed some limited access to the computer. He's not allowed to go online without permission, and when he is online, he's on a Nickelodeon type site, and I'm never far away.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Earlier is better and in addition to just using the equipment teaching a least rudimentary basics on how it works is important. My dad did both for me at a young age and I'd say its given me a huge advantage. For being very technologically dependent a ton of younger people have little idea on how a computer works.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

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    As soon as possible, I need a teammate to play Madden with!

    LOL I say the same thing to my wife. I want a video game buddy. My oldest is getting close.

    My 3 year old and my 2 year old know how to use the tv and dvd player. The 3 year old loves the computer. But they both love the outdoors so I want to promote that heavily.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    My son is just about to turn 10, and he is allowed some limited access to the computer. He's not allowed to go online without permission, and when he is online, he's on a Nickelodeon type site, and I'm never far away.

    Thats a good plan. I am going to limit their online useage through the router as well from designated times. I want to make sure they are safe. I will also try to educate them as well. I dont want to my a tyrant, but I also dont want to be ignorant to the pitfalls.



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    Re: When should children be introduced to the digital age?

    Everything in moderation.

    Here's a great free link to a great early literacy site for kids:

    Learn to Read at Starfall - teaching comprehension and phonics


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