Children’s informal experiences using today’s modern technology do not only influence their private values
and attitudes towards “new
media,” but they also have an impact
on their educational concepts and actions. *This
implies that “new media” – that is media that someone did not grow up
with – are often looked at with distrust
Most pupils have
learned about computers before teachers or other educators begin instruction;
sometimes the pupils’ skills even surpass those of the teachers.
If you add up all of the
entertainment purposes together (games, movies, or simply distractions), while
traveling or at a restaurant to keep a kid quiet and a parent sane, then it
would seem that entertainment outweighs
education by a long shot.
What do you think about the use of technology used by children? Is it an advantage or disadvantage for the pre-schooler and teacher? What are the strengths of using technology early in the life of the child?