Endangered Kids – Is Computing safe for Kids?

Written by ilaxi patel

Kids computing is like "electronically sugar-coated 'learning' that may spoil children's appetite forrepparttar main course." Encouraging children to "learn" by flitting about in a colorful multimedia world is a recipe for a disorganized and undisciplined mind. Kids should be encouraged to blossom and flower in a free atmosphere. Their development should be in their own capacities. Barry Sanders, Professor at Pitzer college, US says "good readers grow out of good recites and good speakers." Then, as a child matures, his success in reading and writing nurtures his "innermost, intimate guide,repparttar 107895 self." So any threat to language and literacy may limit children's "inner voice" - their capacity to tell themselves stories and talks themselves through academic or other problems. Those who place their faith in technology to solverepparttar 107896 problems of education should look more deeply intorepparttar 107897 needs of children. The renewal of education requires personal attention to students from good teachers and active parents, strongly supported by their communities. It requires commitment to developmentally appropriate education and attention torepparttar 107898 full range of children's real, low-tech needs -- physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.

So, Beware, Be Aware, Brainstorm to activaterepparttar 107899 mind cells before its too late!!!

Computers are reshaping children's lives, at home and at school, in profound and unexpected ways. Common sense suggests that we considerrepparttar 107900 potential harm, as well asrepparttar 107901 promised benefits, of this change. To put it simply, childhood is our species' evolutionary edge. Childhood takes time. And many children are simply not being givenrepparttar 107902 time to be children. Computers are acute symptoms ofrepparttar 107903 rush end childhood.

Children need stronger personal bonds with caring adults. Yet powerful technologies are distracting children and adults from each other. They need time for active, physical play; hands-on lessons of all subjects, especially arts and language. Experiencerepparttar 107904 nature. This is essential for healthy child development to flourish in free atmosphere. Yet many schools and parents opt for Computers distractingrepparttar 107905 child reading and cuttingrepparttar 107906 minimal offerings in developing areas to shift time and money to expensive, unproven technology! Researchers reveal Computers pose serious health hazards to children. The risks include repetitive stress injuries, eyestrain, obesity, social isolation, and, for some, long-term damage to physical, emotional, or intellectual development. Our children thrive to spend even more time staring at screens increase sight problems. The social and educational need ofrepparttar 107907 low-income children is at stake too. Quite obvious,repparttar 107908 drive of Computerization emphasize only one ofrepparttar 107909 human capacities - analytical and abstract thinking of child develops late but it aims to jump start prematurely! Computers arerepparttar 107910 most sophisticated thinking tools ever designed. They were developed with adult bodies, as well as adult mental capacities, in mind. Even for adults, their intensive use is related to job stress and serious injuries. But emphasizing computers for children, whose growing bodies are generally more vulnerable to stress, presents several challenges to healthy development. The current focus on computers can distract schools and families from attending to children's true needs, and can exacerbate existing problems.

The computer, likerepparttar 107911 TV, can be a mesmerizing babysitter. But many children, overwhelmed byrepparttar 107912 volume of data and flashy special effects ofrepparttar 107913 World Wide Web and much software, have trouble focusing on any one task.

Must five-year-olds be trained on computers today to getrepparttar 107914 high-paying jobs of tomorrow?

For a relatively small number of children with certain disabilities, technology offers benefits. But forrepparttar 107915 majority, computers pose health hazards and potentially serious developmental problems. Of particular concern isrepparttar 107916 growing incidence of disabling repetitive stress injuries among college students who began using computers in childhood. The National Science Board reported in 1998 that prolonged exposure to computing environments may create "individuals incapable of dealing withrepparttar 107917 messiness of reality,repparttar 107918 needs of community building, andrepparttar 107919 demands of personal commitments."

Physical health

Emphasizingrepparttar 107920 use of computers in childhood can place children at increased risk for repetitive stress injuries, visual strain, obesity, and other unhealthy consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Some development experts also warn that increasingrepparttar 107921 time that children spend on computers, givenrepparttar 107922 hours they already sit in front of televisions and video games, may contribute to developmental delays in children's ability to coordinate sensory impressions and movement and to make sense ofrepparttar 107923 results. That could in turn lead to language delays and other learning problems. This health hazard demands immediate attention but its only a concern as every person is in a ‘Computer rat race!’

Muscular-skeletal injuries

Long hours at a keyboard, constantly repeating a few fine hand movements, may overtax children's hands, wrists, arms, and neck. That, in turn, may stress their developing muscles, bones, tendons, and nerves. Forrepparttar 107924 user,repparttar 107925 computer is a kind of straitjacket into whichrepparttar 107926 body must adapt itself. The eyes stare at an unvarying focal length, drifting back and forth acrossrepparttar 107927 screen. Fingers move rapidly acrossrepparttar 107928 keyboard or are poised, waiting to strike. The head sits atoprepparttar 107929 spine balanced, inrepparttar 107930 words of one physician, like a bowling ball. Built for motion humans do not respond well sitting nearly immobile for hours at a time. Children who play games on computers for long hours, fight withrepparttar 107931 ctrl keys, jump with space or run right-left or topsy-turvy throughrepparttar 107932 arrow keys are sure to freeze with vision, pain in hands and more! There may be greater risk. That's because their bones, tendons, nerves, muscles, joints, and soft tissues are still growing.

Vision problems Computer is a strain on child’s eyes and developing visual system and actually makes learning to read, a more complication. Eyestrain experienced by computer operators is related to screen glare and torepparttar 107933 screen being either too bright or too dim compared torepparttar 107934 ambient light. Maintaining a constant focus onrepparttar 107935 same distance, atrepparttar 107936 same angle, inhibits blinking even more than does reading from a book, probably becauserepparttar 107937 monitor presents a vertical reading surface and because our eyes are open wider, making it more of an effort to blink Children or adult, all face visual fatigue from long spells on computer screen. Expecting beginning writers to poke a letter key and then passively watch a letter appear on a screen can be hard on their eyes and an extra perceptual challenge, and thus may actually hamperrepparttar 107938 process of learning to write and read. Their muscular and nervous system are in developing process too. It's not until aboutrepparttar 107939 age of 11 or 12 that their capacity to balance and coordinaterepparttar 107940 movement andrepparttar 107941 focusing of both eyes together is fully mature. A pair of glasses may correctrepparttar 107942 immediate problem. But myopia itself may be a risk factor for other visual problems. It can interfere with children's sports activities and enjoyment of nature, and even limit their choice of career


Written by Muhammad Nasser Bey


By M. Nasser Bey

I have been using computers for years now and have never owned a new one. Like many people I had little money when I started looking for a machine. Back inrepparttar early 90's when I got my first machine most new ones were way out of my league in terms of cost, it was then i decided to try to get a used machine.

Early on; many used machines that I could find were from colleges and companies that were upgrading. These organization may have had contracts to buy new machines every year or two and so they just gaverepparttar 107894 machines away or tossed then inrepparttar 107895 trash in some case.

I started my search for a good used machine atrepparttar 107896 libray inrepparttar 107897 magazine stacks looking for computer magazines that listed used resellers. I found several and sent for infomation which usually meant a catalog. After saving money from my business I got my first used Macintosh in 1995, it was an old Mac SE. As time went on I found I needed software and internet access.

Usingrepparttar 107898 software onrepparttar 107899 machine I began reading "readme" files on somthing called Gopher Space which was and still is a precursor torepparttar 107900 web for file searches. Using a program called gopher I began locating free software all overrepparttar 107901 world. Other sites like JUMBO.com and DOWNLOAD.com provide unregisterd copies of software I still use, if you can standrepparttar 107902 message asking you to register everytimerepparttar 107903 program comes up it can be a pretty good deal.

As I began to build my small business I found it was useful to conduct trades of services forrepparttar 107904 things I needed instead of buying. One program I traded for was a Desktop Publishing program,that led to me offering ad space inrepparttar 107905 publications I created. I was able to trade services with several internet service provides for free internet access long before free access was being given away byrepparttar 107906 big guys. I have found that some Non-profit organizations give free internet access to people who provide information onrepparttar 107907 net, checkrepparttar 107908 organizations in your area, if you find one that provides this service, tell them that you are an INFORMATION PROVIDER and fill out their forms. They will send yourepparttar 107909 software you need to go online. Just don't abuse their service by spamming anyone or you will get yanked!

I was able to locate much ofrepparttar 107910 software I have been using in used bookstores since many such store have used computer how-to books and inrepparttar 107911 back of these books there are CD's or packs of disks. some of it is out of date and unsupported but still very usable to go online or perform other tasks like writing or web browsing.

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