COM­PUTER, THE IN­TER­NET AND KIDS

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

NORMITA B. TABIOS

The use of com­put­ers and the In­ter­net is al­most an in­dis­pens­able part of our ev­ery­day life to­day. These two make it easy for us to do things and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to what­ever we need to ac­com­plish and need to know and learn dig­i­tally or on-line so to speak. Com­pared be­fore, we never had this much source for a par­tic­u­lar and the ‘in­ter-ac­tive­ness’to com­mu­ni­cate and so­cial­ize, and for en­ter­tain­ment and play as well. Lit­er­ally com­put­ers and the In­ter­net cut our time short and has­sle free in do­ing our tasks and en­joy the ben­e­fits and con­ve­nience to our ad­van­tage.

Com­put­ers and the In­ter­net for kids is a big leap to ex­plore and open doors to learn more about any­thing. They serve very help­ful as in­for­ma­tion provider and find­ing an­swers to as­sign­ments or com­plet­ing school projects. Kids be­come smart be­cause they eas­ily get com­pre­hen­sive an­swers and ways on how a par­tic­u­lar work is done. Via the In­ter­net helps kids aware of what is hap­pen­ing around the world. Li­braries and books are here to stay, but with the In­ter­net it pro­vides quick ac­cess to the sites and can have speedy in­for­ma­tion com­pared to the con­ven­tional li­brary use; from brows­ing the card cat­a­logues, find­ing the books from the shelves, to flip­ping book pages and read­ing, writ­ing the in­for­ma­tion and or pho­to­copy­ing them. In most cases, the In­ter­net lays ev­ery­thing and the com­puter gets it is all done for kids with­out a hitch. The In­ter­net is an ef­fec­tive and fun way to learn also through it and even takes place the pres­ence of a teacher hav­ing it the in­ter­ac­tive way to learn in the com­fort of the kid’s home.

How­ever, the prob­lem with com­put­ers and the In­ter­net is that some­times kids do not use them prop­erly. They can get ad­dicted with them and spend more time than they should pur­posely. On-line games are get­ting more vir­tual and chal­leng­ing and other sites and ap­pli­ca­tions are very en­tic­ing for them to re­sist. With kids get­ting hooked on these are more likely to com­pro­mise their at­ten­tion to school work and learn­ing. Worse is that they might be geared or in­flu­ence them to do some­thing un­de­sir­able for their age. These kinds of in­dul­gent for kids pose a big prob­lem for par­ents and a both­er­ing and im­pend­ing mat­ter for their learn­ing. But pos­i­tively, this tech­nol­ogy aids and pro­vides more for learn­ing in kids.

Com­put­ers and the In­ter­net are here for kids, but they should not greatly rely on these. They are re­ally an ad­van­tage, but there are still more ways to learn and dis­cover do­ing the old school ways rather than em­ploy­ing the techie forms. As the old folks used to say that there is noth­ing bet­ter learn­ing things in the ba­sics like they used to, and as close phys­i­cally with what you learn gives real feel­ing gain­ing knowl­edge. Whether kids deal with the real world in the old ways or via the in­for­ma­tion high­way, still it is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity of the par­ents to guide and teach them what is right from wrong. — oOo—

The au­thor is Teacher II at Ti­na­jero Na­tional High School- Main

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