[FoRK] Children and digital/computer medium
wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 6 06:20:10 PST 2013
I've no specific details. But consider exposure to mouse & keyboard has
merit in that they'll need to use that in school. So I'd lean more toward
using a traditional desktop setup over a tablet for at least some portion of
Meanwhile the new Xbox One is providing a fair bit of entertainment and
exercise with the Just Dance game. Although, hearing the 5 year old repeat
the lyrics to a few of the songs is a bit worrisome... The Forza driving
game is well beyond their ability and the Lego game does not have easy
enough ways to pause/resume (forcing use of 'save stations'). This poses
issues with ending game time. Which is too bad, but time's up anyway. The
latest Windows kid safety features do a decent job of managing curfews,
daily usage limits and filtering of both programs and web access.
Unfortunately those features haven't made it over to the Xbox, yet.
However, when I look at the road ahead, I am vexed by questions to which I
have no answers, questions like:
- what is the max screen time that is actually OK?
- is it OK to reduce this to zero (assuming my angels do not scream her
- what is the good age to expose them to a computer?
- what is a good age to explain concepts about computing?
- Is TV better or iPad better for allocated screen time:
big-screen/small-screen vs. sedative/involved balance
and many more.
Does any of you know of good books/research/theories in this area? I would
appreciate any pointers.
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