I was reading a post from a fellow student about when computers should be introduced to children. She was discussing the merits of getting children started using ICTs in education, even if it’s only controlling the mouse. She also pointed out that there is some fantastic resources available for this age group.
This is what I posted on her blog in response:
“Hi Miss Bennett.
I think there is a lot of merit to introducing children to ICTs at a very early age. I have seen children at home using computers before even being able to read. Admittedly there is a bit of guess work happening, but they are able to watch what someone else does and remember what to do by recognising the process even if they can’t read yet. Kids can so easily pick up new concepts at this time of their lives. Introducing ICTs at this stage will make using ICTs in the future second nature. I also think that looking at the other extreme illustrates this point. Watching people that did not grow up with ICT trying to use a computer shows how difficult and frustrating it can be to come to grips with the concept of ICT. I really don’t think its ever too early to get them started.”