Article on Technology and Youth

This article is pretty interesting about the changing world that today’s youth are being brought up in. In a recent survey, 14% of kids age 4 or 5 could tie their shoes, while 21% could play or operate at least one smartphone app. It seems that kids are able to operate pretty sophisticated technology at very y0ung ages. This seems very promising for educational game designers because it seems their products are very attractive to kids and parents even before these kids enter formal schooling. But it also brings up the question of when kids should be introduced to technology. Its a little bit strange that before kids know their address, can tie their shoes, or know to call 911 in an emergency, that they are able to operate computer games and surf the web. It also points to the content that young kids are exposed to through technology at such an impressionable age.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/19/learning-to-play-angry-birds-before-you-can-tie-your-shoes/?KEYWORDS=games+and+learning

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