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Are kids spending too much time on computers?

Poll: Are kids spending too much time on computers? (3 member(s) have cast votes)

Are kids spending too much time on computers?

  1. YES (2 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. NO (1 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Wouldn't Know! (0 votes [0.00%])

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:32 AM (#1) User is online   marko 

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    I remember in my youth running in and out of people's gardens, jumping over fences to avoid pal's "tigging" me and a whole load of other choldhood memories that took me and the pals on many adventures and yet somehow we always instinctively knew when it was time to head home for dinner! :lol:

    With 2 kids of my own, currently 16 and 14, I always encouraged them to be out and about, doing what kids should be doing, exploring, playing and being adventurous!. A lot of parents don't seem to share these ideals anymore, particularly (and sometimes understandably) when they come from schemes or closed in communities and with technological distractions to keep the kids in like consoles, computers, TVs and so on I'm wondering if the kids of today spend too much time on their computers?
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    Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:05 PM (#2) User is offline   TheRaven 

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      Research, of which was broadcast media on the local news channel, implied that the youth in North America aren't as dependent upon multi-media or "computers" as was once believed but, ironically they're getting to that point. Maybe it was foreshadow, like we were looking at the future, in those reports from research groups studying the influences of computers and digital media devices and man's dependency on such venue.

      I know I spend way too much time on the desktop so, I have to believe that the possibility of others, especially children whom do by seeing, being subject to the same problem is realistic. It might not be an addiction in the sense that it's narcotic but, if it gets in the way of other aspects of your existence then there is the chance that deprecation will occur where you will miss out on other areas and opportunities in your life.

      A Computer is like the sword Excalibur, it can cut both ways. Computers, like almost anything else, can enhance your life or they can actually start to deprive it. The middle of the road is the best choice and not the cop-out that it was drummed up to be throughout history.

      The key word here is moderation.https://freewarebb.com/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif
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      Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:28 PM (#3) User is online   marko 

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        When we're referring to children spending too much time online or in front of consoles, I firmly believe the parents have a responsibility here. What usually happens is they explain they would rather their kids spend their nights in front of the computer or console than walking the streets. Utter rubbish if you ask me. My 14 year old daughter is basically out every day after school, and with her friends they walk either to other friends houses and then to the "local" park (I say "local" because it's not exactly that local but about 1.5 miles away) - both my wife and I always ask where she'll be, who she'll be with and arrange a firm time for me to pick her up which usually involved dropping off a couple of her friends also.

        In summer months, when it's not a school night we allow her out to 10pm, school nights it's 9pm and in the winter it's always 9pm (dark earlier). We worry when she's out, but not to the point we're driven to keeping her in, she needs to be out, she needs to socialise and she does spend some time on her laptop chatting to people from other countries, but it's a balance, it's a sense of letting her explore outside and make her own mistakes, it's a case of knowing what she's doing and where she's doing it, so those parents who can't be bothered with all that usually end up with kids in front of computers or consoles and then blame society for the problem - when in actual fact most kids aren't scared of society, it's the parents who are scared!.
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        Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:46 PM (#4) User is offline   James (Jim) Hillier 

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          Marko - You make some very salient points....as always.

          Geez, I could write an entire thesis on the lack of responsibility displayed by some 'modern' parents....you my friend are the exception rather than the rule!

          I think the answer depends largely on the ages of the children involved, although I'm not so sure the question should be limited to just computer usage.

          Seems to me the younger ones spend far too much time in front of a screen, any screen...be it computer, television, game console, whatever.

          As the teenage years dawn though I believe most 'grow out' of that stage, diversifying interests tend to lead them in new directions.

          It's always interesting when adults compare the children of today to those from their own era. It's something which has occurred throughout history. When one looks back on those now famous quotations (some dating back hundreds of years) one must perceive the irony.....the underlying theme has never changed!!

          Reminds me of the most ironic song lyric ever written....."Kids, what's the matter with kids today. Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way. What's the matter with kids today!!" LOL

          Cheers all.....Jim
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          Posted 12 September 2010 - 11:40 PM (#5) User is offline   Information Overload 

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            I find it's more a sign of the times and that although it maybe a bad thing I don't believe kids are spending too much time on computers. This is all said with the notion that computers are the way of the future. I think that considering that most children in these generations will spend most if not all of their working life staring at a computer screen then they might as well get to know them now. Keep in mind that this is coming from a very cynical young man who has grown up in front of a computer almost all my life. I too however remember going out to play but I find that nowadays I spend all my time in front of a screen. The way I see it its not the time in front of the screen that matters its how you use it. Frankly if they spend their time learning about computers instead of just playing on them then their time is well spent. Computers are the future and so are the children so its natural that the two would go together. Whether its good or not is another question. Are they spending a lot of time on the computers? Yes. Is it the cause of the epidemics of mental illness in our society? No. (Well maybe ADD but not other mental illnesses.) Studies point to children spending too much time on computers but they don't show the effects nor do they factor in what the kids are doing. If we end up with a tech savvy generation then I don't believe that that is a bad outcome of too much time on the computer. I think that computers and computer games are simply the next big scare tactic. I don't think that they cause those serial killers and other such monstrosities. I think those who are messed up in the head simply are and that some things may factor into them being messed up but none are the initial cause. I voted no because I believe that they are not having too much screen time, but I do believe that the screen time they have should be used more wisely. What you do as a parent is your decision but also your responsibility. I don't think that a lot of time in front of the screen will mess up your kid but its not a good thing either. Teach how to use technology to make their life easier not to be dependent on it and your heading in the right direction. Fresh air never killed anybody and I don't think computers have either, but don't quote me on it...
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            Posted Yesterday, 02:47 AM (#6) User is offline   James (Jim) Hillier 

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              Very well put Connor.

              Good points....sound reasoning! :good:
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