“Do computers really connect children to the world?” argues the Alliance for Childhood (AFC) in the article “Questions the Benefits of Classroom Computers”. In this Article the author, Joanne Jacobs mainly speaks about the impact of computers on children today and also debates on whether computers are really good or bad for children. Children need more time to explore the real world, interact with people, and play with their friends than to sit inside a room and play on the computer. In fact, many schools have allocated more percentage of the budget towards buying computer and Internet access than buying books, apparatus for the laboratories and science experiments, which may help a kid to learn more. The AFC feels that the money could be spent to improve the school garden, organize camps and field trips etc. The author thinks that the money spent on technology could be better spent to train teachers to use effective reading and math programs and also to hire after-school instructors for struggling students. Also Computers actually connect children to trivial games, inappropriate adult materials and aggressive advertising. Therefore, computers do more harm than good to a child. Children do not have the mature mind to judge
In my opinion, I totally agree with the article and the impact of computers on the world. After hearing that, I began to realize the negative impacts of computers gradually and limited the hours I sit in front of the computer everyday. Children like spending most of their time on the Internet chatting with their friends, e-mailing and browsing. They have become an important part of our daily life. I have a friend whose younger brother is about seven years old. Computers are also found in elementary schools and kindergarten. I would like to quote a few examples from my own life. I am not saying games are useless, in fact they do help children in learning the usage of computers faster, it does improve their typing techniques and concentration, but later, long-term usage of the computer games may become an addiction. This may make children weak in their fundamentals because by reading textbooks and journals a child can understand better than using a computer for learning. This indeed, is not going to help them in any way and it just keeps them isolated from everything healthy around them. They can be found everywhere (home, office, school, etc). The Internet plays a very important role in a child"tms life. "Children" as the word itself suggests they have got a child"tms mind and as mentioned earlier they haven"tmt got the mature mind to judge what is good or bad for them, unfortunately they get attracted to unwanted violent games, adult material and advertisements. Computers are turning children's lives, at home and at school, in a very unexpected way. This gives children more access to computers.