Computers are ubiquitous. Routinely found at home, school, and the work place, they are as common as a toaster. Jumping on-line to socialize, read e-mail, work on a project or just plain occupy free time now routinely consumes a piece of our day.
Kids are naturally attracted to the activity with the attraction starting at a young age. Many parents believe teaching computer skills to children ranks high on the list of parental responsibilities. They are motivated to give the child an edge with early development of computer skills or simply by the thought of teaching safe and practical use. No matter what drives the motivation, what is the right time to introduce kids to the computer?
According to the Family Internet section on about.com, there is no set time. Parents should decide based on all the typical criteria used for many of the other decisions parents must make. Take a look at their thoughts by visiting www.familyinternet. about.com.
Let's talk about the kids between the early years of six or seven and the teenage years when they have become much more computer savvy. At the younger age, parents may sit and guide them through games leaving them to play alone for periods, which is fine for the younger kids. What about slightly older kids, say second or third graders who can read fairly well, been exposed to computing more, and want to do more on a computer? The answer is KidZui.
First available in 2006, KidZui quickly became an award-winning alternative browser for kids. It's packed with parent and teacher-approved content as well as safe-guards sure to make many parents happy. On Nov. 10, KidZui announced the release of the upgraded version, KidZui K2, and made it available completely free.
For more info visit www.kidzui.com.
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.