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Published on February 17, 2009

Author: mannrentoy

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Computer: A Double-Edged Sword : Computer: A Double-Edged Sword by Mann Rentoy Positive Side : Positive Side Accessing information, writing stories and research papers Learning programs to teach or reinforce skills in math, language, reading and other subjects Softwares that allow children to draw pictures, create visual works of art and self-expression Positive Side : Positive Side Quicktrax and DJ Megamix to create original soundtracks Communication and networking: email, YM, facebook, friendster, Multiply, etc. Writing and expression of oneself through blogging Slide 5: “Across the world there is a passionate love affair between children and computers . . . And more than wanting [computer technology], they seem to know that in a deep way it already belongs to them. They know they can master it more easily and more naturally than their parents. They know they are the computer generation.” —Seymour Papert, The Connected Family Symptoms of Computer Addiction : Symptoms of Computer Addiction Most of non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games. Falling asleep in school. Not keeping up with assignments. Worsening grades. Symptoms of Computer Addiction : Symptoms of Computer Addiction Lying about computer or video game use. Choosing to use the computer or play video games, rather than see friends. Dropping out of other social groups (clubs or sports). Irritable when not playing a video game or on the computer. Symptoms of Computer Addiction : Symptoms of Computer Addiction Physical symptoms: Carpal tunnel syndrome. Sleep disturbances Back, neck aches Headaches Dry eyes Failure to eat regularly or neglect personal hygiene Three Reasons : Three Reasons 1. deception 2. money 3. technology Principle : Principle Media addiction is damaging. Slide 11: “I really want to move to Antarctica—I’d want my cat and Internet access and I’d be happy.” —16-year-old HomeNet participant Taming the Video Game Tiger : Taming the Video Game Tiger LIMIT game playing time. CHECK the age game ratings on the box. But become familiar with the game before you buy it. [(Some T(een) and E(veryone) rated games have a level of violence and sex that you may not be comfortable with.] Taming the Video Game Tiger : Taming the Video Game Tiger USE other content sources and reviews to help you choose a game. (Games are often previewed in detail on the web.) CHECK KidScore (www.mediawise.com) for parent generated game reviews. RENT or borrow a game to preview before buying. Taming the Video Game Tiger : Taming the Video Game Tiger AVOID the "first person shooter", killing-machine games. M-rated games are not meant for children or teenagers. REQUIRE that homework and chores be done before game playing. Playing games should be a reward. DO NOT PUT video game consoles or computers in children's bedrooms where they can shut the door and isolate themselves. Taming the Video Game Tiger : Taming the Video Game Tiger EXPLAIN to your children why you object to certain games. ASK your local retailer or rental store to implement policies preventing the sale or rental of M-rated (mature) games to children or youth. Taming the Video Game Tiger : Taming the Video Game Tiger LOOK for games that involve multiple players to encourage group play. PICK non-lethal games that require the player to come up with strategies, and make decisions in a game environment that is more complex than punch, run, and kill. Finally, ENCOURAGE your child to play with friends away from the video game set. Some Internet Tips : Some Internet Tips Place your computer in an open room with the monitor facing out. This allows you to see and control what is occurring on the Internet. Educate your children about the Internet, both the positives and the potential dangers. Some Internet Tips : Some Internet Tips Bookmark child-friendly web sites. This allows your children to easily get to safe sites that they have used before. Teach your children that Internet safety means never giving out personal information over the Internet. Share your Internet child safety experiences, both good and bad, with others. Some Internet Tips : Some Internet Tips Teach your children to refrain from chat rooms. Teach children to crash and tell. If they encounter a bad experience, they should feel comfortable in immediately turning off the computer and talking with a parent about the experience. Never allow your children to meet with someone from an online session unless the parent approves. Know the parents of your children's friends. Principle : Principle Take control. Slide 21: www.gamerdad.com www.screenit.com www.mediaed.org www.futureofchildren.org Computer: A Double-Edged Sword : Computer: A Double-Edged Sword by Mann Rentoy

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