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The Right Age when Children may be Introduced to Computers

When should we introduce our Tiny-Tots to the cyber world ? How long should they be allowed to work on the internet each day ? These are some of the most commonly asked questions by young parents. BBC has a few answers here and here:

How often should a young child be allowed time on the computer, and for how long? As with all other activities, this is entirely for parents themselves to regulate. Ten minutes, three or four times a week is a good guide. It is not desirable for young children to sit in front of a screen for prolonged periods of time.

A recent report from Sheffield University suggests that by the age of four, 45% of children have used a mouse to point and click, 27% have used a computer on their own at home, rising to 53% for six-year-olds, and 30% have looked at websites for children at home.

However, the Child Computer Interaction Group (ChiCI), that studies the dynamic relationship between children and computers, feels that children should not start using computers too early in their development.