Computers can do much more than help children with their schoolwork - they allow them to acquire valuable knowledge and skills for their future careers.
Buying a great multimedia home PC can kick-start your kids into a great career, and not just in accountancy. The new PC industry is looking for artists, writers, storytellers, publishers, games players and designers - but they need to start early.
According to Plato, most effective kind of education is that a child should play among lovely things. While he probably wasn't thinking digitally at time, with emergence of powerful and affordable multimedia PCs, children can now play among lovely things and at same time acquire valuable knowledge and skills that will serve them well in whatever career or profession they may decide to pursue.
Today, most children take computers like ducks to water. Even youngest seem to be alarming clever at setting up and operating all sort of gadgets. Whatever they're using a popular game console or any of other ubiquitous home or arcade systems, technology seems to be more naturally comprehensible to average child than it is to average parent or teacher.
With an increasingly large percentage of children living in households with a computer of some sort, in many ways they're now becoming just another home appliance. But for parents who want to help their children at home/school, apparent labyrinth of technological options can appear depressingly daunting.
It's now possible to get great job in computers that isn't about science, maths programming or accountancy. Increasingly, `humanity-based' skills are often perceived as more valuable and computers can get you into a whole new range of professions evolving around games production, multimedia, digital video or publishing on Internet. Within these, and even more traditional professions - such as journalism, film, television, publishing, advertising, design and music - computers and digital technology have become widespread. And there are probably very few jobs or professions in future that won't require some degree of computer literacy.
Ironically, digital revolution is creating a market not for narrow specialists, but for `renaissance men and women' who have a broad-based education and a wider skill set that will allow them to change careers and move from field to field with an ease and efficiency that was unimaginable in previous generations. Today, perhaps more than any other time in recent history, education needs to be focused on learning how to learn and on development of study skills that will allow children to acquire information they need as and when they need it.