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ERIC Number: ED378607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-1
Pages: 13
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The Super Information Highway: Developing Your Child's Communication Skills with New Technologies.
Markham, Reed
The student who has an understanding of computers and other modern technologies is becoming important in college and in the workplace. Two California State Universities now require a personal computer for incoming freshmen. Vice President Albert Gore has urged all Americans to get on the information superhighway. Parents can assist their child and their child's school to get on the superhighway by, first, recognizing the value of learning new technologies. Technology is rapidly changing most professions. Second, parents can encourage their child's school to use modern technology in the classroom. Third, parents can advocate computer literacy as a major focus of the child's curriculum. Parents who themselves have difficulty with new technology should keep the following in mind when thinking about computer use for their children. First, fear of technology can be cured; psychologists have developed several approaches to curing fear and anxiety associated with computer use. Second, computers should not be pushed on preschoolers because they require a perceptually rich environment. Third, computers can distance children from real life. According to Craig Brod, "computers can promote in children a distorted sense of time, mental fatigue, social isolation, and an unhealthy attachment to machines." (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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