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Computers and Kids – Between Dangers and Education

Great computer enthusiasts, children spend more and more time behind a computer screen and this, more and more young.

Does this activity have adverse health effects?

Do computers make children smarter?

Research on the educational benefits of activities on the computer is limited. Playing games on the computer has been linked to improvements to some visual intelligence proper to the use of computer technology. In other words, using a computer makes children better in using a computer.

This is undoubtedly not a surprising finding given that prolonged regular use improves almost any skill.

Researchers have discovered a small but significant link between the use of home computers and an improvement in academic performance. However, there is no authoritative corpus of data that shows that using a computer improves academic performance.

These findings must also be taken into account in the light of studies indicating a possible link between school improvements and some inherently useful activities such as music, art, and sports. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that children who received 36 weeks of piano or singing lessons showed a better increase in IQ and academic performance than did the control group of children who did not receive a course of music.

Computer technologies have the positive benefit of helping children with special needs. Traditional operating systems like Windows are not always child-friendly and parents and schools tend to prefer Macintosh OS for their kids (visit this WordPress Blog).Children who can not participate in traditional education programs due to specific learning disabilities, emotional problems, speech and hearing impairment, blindness, and even severe physical disabilities Have all benefited from the computer.

The dangers of computers

In general, the risks associated with using a computer by children are due to (i) inappropriate activities or (ii) excessive time spent in front of the computer.

Some of the dangers are undeniable. Few people dispute the risks associated with accessing cyber-pedophiles, pornography, and inappropriate content.

Computer games for children are becoming more and more violent. Not surprisingly, children prefer competitive and aggressive games to games that encourage positive social behaviors. Parents are often unaware of the extent of the violence of the games that children play regularly.

In a recent literature review, researchers at Iowa State University have concluded that playing violent games increases child aggression and hostility and desensitizes children to violence. It has been shown that increases in the level of aggression tend to be widespread beyond the context of the game.

Perhaps one of the most important risks associated with overuse of a computer by children is the displacement of other essential and potentially rewarding activities.

Computers are a source of wonder. Internet browsing and computer games distract children from other offline activities, often for extended periods of time. Some researchers suggest that spending excessive time on any activity can hamper a child’s social and educational development.

Cyber-interactions are impoverished compared to actual contacts with friends, family members, teachers, and nature. Communication mainly through the Internet prevents children from living the essential elements of a relationship. The magic of human interaction depends on the presence of the other.
Research into the physical impact of the use of computers by children is still in the early stages. However, researchers predict that children will begin to have the same types of a wrist, back and eye injuries commonly seen in adults using computers.

Preliminary results suggest that prolonged use of computers in children is linked to repeated stress injuries and an increased risk of obesity. Excessive play is associated with a kind of tendinitis. Images that flash rapidly in some video games have caused convulsions in children who have photosensitive epilepsy.

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