Zaira Zen B. Familar
The Effects of Computers Games on Teenagers
The introduction of the computer and the internet has had a profound effect on the lives of our children. Today, computers have become extremely common, with nearly every child having access to one. Through this extensive use, children become closely connected with computers, using them at home, at school, at a childcare center, or in any other setting. The traditional ways of learning have changed, as computers now play a large role in childhood development. Many wonder whether this is a good or bad thing. As computers play a larger and larger role in the lives of our children, it is important to ask what impact they are having. Studies have shown that computers have a profound effect on several critical areas of a child's life: education, entertainment, early social relationship and health. The outcome of the relationship between children and computers lies between two extremes, beneficial or harmful. Without the proper guidance, children may suffer physical, social, and psychological effects from prolonged, unmonitored computer use. Yet, with the proper supervision, parents can guide their child's experience with computers, largely negating the negative effects. Thus, it is important for parents, teachers, and other adults who deal with children on a regular basis to learn how to make sure children get the right experience from computers and the internet. To help adults doing that effectively - We introduce WikiEducator. Supported by the OER foundation, WikiEducator offers a large amount of free resources to acknowledge people about the issues and guidelines to building a proper relationship between computers and children. Positive Effects
* Many excellent educational software programs exist to help children learn. From educational games to a variety of other programs aimed at children, these programs can help improve a child's skill in a number of different critical areas, including vocabulary, math, logical thinking, typing, history, and many more. These programs make learning easier and faster than many other traditional methods such as textbooks or oral lectures.
* Computers also change the way children are educated at school. They receive more homework and assignments online. In many computerized classes, they have homepages to ask question or receive answers from either friends or teachers. The Internet provides students with a myriad of extra resources beside their textbooks for knowledge and research.
* Children who used computers and the Internet at an early age have a tendency to do better in class than those who don't. Computers literacy is becoming an essential skill, as almost every school in the country has computers. This will also be important later in life, as computers play an increasingly large role in our lives. Entertainment:
* A lot of computer games are designed to help children learn language, math, logical thinking and many other skills. A well designed game for children can replace common teaching methods such as textbooks and lectures.
* Most children love to play games, as opposed to studying. When games are both entertaining and educational, children do not perceive it as work and end up learning and having fun at the same time.
* A large number of these educational games are available for children of all ages and are available at reasonable price. Social relationships:
* Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way we communicate, bringing tools for children to communicate online. Web applications such as E-mail, AIM, Facebook, and MySpace are well known and widely used by children. Whether it be making new friends online or keeping up with their old friends, children have a new source of social interaction. With the ability to send a message to someone halfway around the world in mere moments, the internet removes many of the geographical...
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