Debate emerges over child computer use

by Jon Henshaw

Journal Now reports:

There’s no shortage of sites and software aimed at very young kids and even toddlers.

But there’s growing debate over whether children should be exposed to technology so early. Some parents and scholars see no benefit, and a handful even warn of a hindrance to child development.

“Mental ability is gained from manipulating the three-dimensional world at that age and (from) managing your own mind and not having it managed by an electronic machine,” said Jane M. Healy, the author of Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Mind.

Healy said that computers take children away from other developmental activities more appropriate for their brains and can “easily become a habit for both parent and child.”

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