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Balancing the use of technology for kids

Posted on: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Recently I’ve mentioned certain comics that provide “pearls of wisdom” and the impact that they have made on me as a teacher.  Just the other day I read a Dennis the Menace cartoon, written by Hank Ketchum and it gave me  ”food for thought.”  Dennis is pictured asking his teacher a question.  Since he had mastered the alphabet he wanted to know when he was going to learn to text.

At the age of 2 my granddaughter’s fingers were all over the screen of an I phone.  At the age of 2 1/2 she was able to teach me how use an I Pod, at 3 she could easily navigate the PBS kid’s website and at 3 1/2 she sent me a personalized E card.

Although some may worry that computer time for a child so young may have a negative impact on the development of life skills milestones, I think that most of us would agree that use of technology has become a life skill.  BUT, as with everything else, parental involvement and control are keys to the process.  Achieving just the right balance between use of technology and all the traditional ways of helping our kids grow into thinkers is yet one more thing busy parents have to deal with.  Using the keyboard to write book reports, or answer questions, is one way to incorporate the use of technology.  Encouraging research, which of course means reading for information, is another.  And, as always, rewarding a job well done could just mean time to play some games on the computer.  There is a plethora of worthwhile games for kids on the internet.  If your kids have a favorite game, share the info as a comment to this blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

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