Saturday, August 28, 2010

Introducing your preschooler or young child to computers

Like it or not our childrens' lives are already influenced by technology.  Personal computers are one of the main components of technology that your child may come in contact with at a young age.
Sapphire has experienced first hand how computers can contribute to learning.
Much of her school work is modified by using a computer and some assistive devices.
Computers have proven extremely beneficial to kids with certain speech, audio, and motor limitations. Kids , with special needs can use alternative input and output devices (assistive technologies) to interact with computers and do things that they normally could not accomplish independently. 

Studies suggest children 3 and 4 years of age are developmentally ready to explore computers, and most early childhood educators see the computer center as a valuable activity center for learning. Timing is crucial. Children need plenty of time to experiment and explore.  However, one can not overlook the concept that computers may benefit in the development of fundamental skilsl.
Overall, the benefits seem to outweigh the drawbacks. And, the fact is, actively involved parents can control most of the drawbacks.  Constant surveillence is very necessary, especially regarding the internet. 
That being said, I would love to share with you some of our favorite online educational resource sites.

1. and early school age
2. and early school age (check out the links to other great sites)
4. and early childhood
5. -preschool

What other educational sites do you visit with your kids?  What is your take on computers and kids?
Are they an essential tool for learning or is computer use in young children a growing concern?  Let me hear what you think about this subject!