Too Young to Point and Click?

30 Jun

Computer Kid
Nia is really becoming a computer game junkie and I’m wondering if I should be worried.  She’s not playing shoot ’em up games or anything like that – it’s all educational stuff – but I still can’t help but think she’s a little too young to want to play on the computer every day.

The other part of me though thinks it’s good for her because she’s going to have to learn how to use one eventually so what’s the harm in starting at 4?  I’m actually impressed at how well she can work the mouse and use the keyboard to type her name.  She even knows how to fix her typing if she messes up. I sometimes catch myself staring at her in amazement as she drags and drops things on the screen by using the mouse.

It’s funny because I think about what I was doing at her age.  I didn’t even know what a computer was.  In fact, I really didn’t even touch a computer until my senior year in high school and then it was one of those huge beasts that didn’t even have a mouse.  Nia’s already smarter than me!  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  Now, if we can just teach her how to blog and pay the bills – well, maybe coloring pictures and learning how to spell are enough for now.

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2 Responses to “Too Young to Point and Click?”

  1. Scoop June 30, 2007 at 7:09 pm #

    I don't think it's too early! Remember that company I wanted to start? Well, it is for kids 2-5! She is so cute, and looks so grown up with her right hand on the mouse!

  2. the real ~Roxann~ July 2, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    No…I don't think she's too young. In our world, these kids will grow up to be adults who will be EXPECTED to have excellent computer skills to even get a job!!!!All those mouse skills are fine motor skills that she needs to sharpen.And it's like I say about too much tv….it's not like my kids are watching Guns-n-Roses in concert…..I don't think too much Dora is going to hurt long-term. (although, I do agree they need to run and plan and do tactile things, too!)

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