-- Rather than wasting their time, children who gab on Facebook or play online games are gaining valuable social skills and learning some technology basics, according to a study to be released today.
The report, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, contradicts the idea held by many educators, parents and policymakers that children should be blocked from online social networks and video games like Halo, which allow users in different locations to play together. Instead, children should be encouraged to use the technologies to gain a certain level of digital literacy, the study said.
One thing I've noticed is that kids can't get enough of computers - even for learning tools. But our eldest is learning restraint as if he seems 'emotional" about his computer use then we immediately shut it down. He has to be able to take or leave it.