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Computers in Preschool: Hurting or Helping? (page 2)

Computers in Preschool: Hurting or Helping?

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Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Wise Computer Usage

To make the computer beneficial for you and your preschooler, decide on rules and time limits. Using a timer to signal when your child’s time is up helps avoid arguments.

When purchasing software for your child, look for programs that offer opportunities to try many different solutions. These help stimulate creativity and problem solving.

Setting up a separate profile for your preschooler is a good precaution. This can prevent her from clicking on things she  shouldn’t or accidentally deleting important files. Rather than leaving your child alone at the computer, stay with her. Use computer time for interaction and togetherness.

Here are some additional tips to enhance computer use for your preschooler:

  • Look for programs that support open-ended, discovery-oriented learning
  • Adjust the computer and furniture for your child’s use
  • Adjust the sound and screen size for each use
  • Supervise your child’s computer activities
  • Turn off all programs but the one your child is using
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends on the computer
  • Balance computer time with social interaction and physical exercise

Computers, used wisely, are tools for stimulating preschool learning. But it’s important to take precautions for your child’s safety and well-being. Teach your child proper computer use and monitor him to be sure his computer time is constructive and useful. But most importantly of all, focus on learning together, both on the computer and off.

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