Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How old is old enough?

When is it OK to let your child enter the technological world?
She is nearly 5...am I late or am I early?
Does she really need mouse skills yet?



I don't know the answers..........but I think thats ok. If this is a mistake, I hope she is bounce-back-able!!

16 comments:

Vic said...

I think it's fine - just like learning to read & write these days me thinks.

I love your dining room/area - so cosy!!!

Sophie {Red Dust Love} said...

I think 5 is very acceptable. I have recently allowed my 3.5 year old to play ABC reading eggs for the first time (great and would highly recommend!)and she loves it! Don't get me wrong, it is only usd as a real treat (maybe once per fortnight) but I think computer skills are an evil necessary these days!

willywagtail said...

When your little one goes to school she will be expected to use computers. If she doesn't know anything about them she may get overheated in her excitement and look at you guys as out of touch just a bit. If she already knows the basics the experience at school will not be so incredible and she will roll along better. A bit like saying a girl can't wear makeup until she is 16 and then not expecting her to go all out once she gets the chance. Better to let her experiment gently before the due date and she will not go so wild. That's the way I was brought up and also bring up mine own and I have found that it works, at least with my family. All the best with your decision, whichever way you go. Cherrie

m.e (Cathie) said...

i think it's a good age just to have a bit of a play on the computer.
Amelie flicks through pics & also watches youtube clips of justine clark.
it's all good, as Vic said, it's just like reading & writing nowdays.

Cindy said...

Yes, I think it's absolutely fine. It's a focus in prep years, so if she's not already at school learning how to use a computer, she will be soon! Her skills will be more advanced too!
It's ok...really.

Kylie said...

They do seem to start very young these days and it's also true that they are at a disadvantage at school if they don't know how to work things on the computer... However, I'm old-school - I must admit that I don't feel entirely comfortable with the way that it's taken over a lot of their play time. I think balance is the answer (as always) ;) I read an article about how the computer-kids generation lacks empathy, which it said they miss out on from not getting enough imaginative play which includes storybook reading. For some reason, computers don't have that same magic in a story like a book does that allows you to create worlds in your mind, perhaps it's their "point A to point B" linear kind of orientation. Sorry, I'm rambling... hope some of this is helpful. I always remember my dad saying to me "Everything in moderation, including moderation!" ;)

zofia said...

I think I held off my oldest boy til 5...there was no stopping my girl- she is a deft hand at any keyboard, mouse or controller!
The little one already knows his way around an i-phone, (deleted some apps the other day!)

'Joyce' said...

It's all a bit scary this computer techo craze that kids seem to be in and such a young age. At first I was a bit 'eeee - too young for computers, should be more scissors, glueing, texture, playdoh, planting.' However, now being in the classroom as a helper more and more these last 2 terms, I see that the computer time is only very small compared to all the lovely 'hands on' fun that is so very important to a growing little mind. All in moderation me thinks, with all things.

Mari said...

Hi there! I've been reading your lovely blog for about 6 months now and it's one of my favs. I don't think I've ever left a comment before, but this post has prompted me to! I would say definitely let your daughter go for it. My girls are 6 and 4, and we've let them on the computer from the age of about 3. No regrets. We monitor and restrict what they do, and set a timer so they can play for half an hour max. If Vic. schools are the same as NSW, your daughter will have a weekly computer lesson from the first year of school and will receive a grade in her report! My best recommendations for lovely early learning sites are cbeebies and starfall. Good luck!

resewn sally said...

Kids are very bounce-back-able. If she's showing an interest I say go for it! They start learning about computers early now, she'll have a little headstart. I have to say, the more photo's I see of your home, the more I fall in love with it. What a beautiful place!

Anonymous said...

A bit of computer time at 5 years old is nothing now a days. I witnessed a 22 month old navigate his way around an ipad like a Tech-Savy boy of around 8! I was amazed and disgusted.There is a limit in my mind that if you can't talk you shouldn't be thrown a screen for entertainment! I think as long as you limit "screen time" as a whole (including TV/ DS etc) and include other games/ interests/ hobbies children will live and grow in a well balanced environment. We started computer time occasionally for my child at 5yrs. We don't encourage it and know it will become an interest when he gets to school, but he can learn then in a supported, focused environment...not when I'm trying to get dinner ready and I have my eyes on my 3 yr old too. They need so much support on the computer as most can't read so I find it sucks away so much valuable time that can be spent doing something way more educational like cutting and pasting and learning to writ/ draw.
Good luck

MonetPaisley said...

My 8 yr old probably started about 5, she was introduced at school and given some kid frindly websites to visit at home. consequently my other daughter started at about 3 because what one does the other wants to do too.
Then they pinched my iphone and I caught them looking at you tube. THey were looking at barbie clips, lucky there was nothing too harmful but I have heard of one child looking up dora clips to find they were full of swearing, my kids are banned from youtube. They like nickelodeon and cbeebies.

Now I am rambling too. It is hard to explain to a child that they cant play the computer all the time "but you do mummy" hehehehe, "but I am doing work sweet heart" yeah right! hehehe

Caroline said...

I think its fine too, its part of modern life after all. I just started letting my 4 year old on the ABC kids website on his own for a bit, and he will sometimes watch a bit of YouTube or look at pictures with parental supervision. He also likes to "drive" using Google street view, its fun to visit his friends houses on the computer! But yep, moderation, and for a treat is the way to go definitely.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

small doses is good, kids these days think like the computer and learn really quickly because they LOVE it. ABC Reading Eggs is a great place to start reading...my boy loved it!
Balance as with everything I think. :-)

Levin said...

my kids have been using the computers for an eternity! definitely before they went to school. now they teach their oma (grandma) things on the computer - it is so good to see technology bringing two generations together - and funny too.
she looks pretty cute!!
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Jantine said...

She is fine... and there will be no going back I am afraid....
You might want to teach her how to sit properly as not to get a child with RSI or related problems later...