Monke (2004) contends that exposing young children to computers damages a child's ability to "enter into a rich and complex relationship with the subject at hand" (p.336). What are your thoughts about this statement? Support your thoughts with research and experience.”
According to Monke, it is important for parents to avoid exposing their children to computers because they affect their ability to handle the subject at hand effectively. Before reading Monke’s article, I used to think that computers do not have any negative impacts on the learning growth of a child. However, after reading, it came to my realization that it is true computers can affect the learning capabilities of a child.
This is so because through using computers, children avoid the concept of reading and spelling. This is possible because computers have automatic programs that pronounce words and spell them on their own. Therefore, this makes children to become lazy thus avoiding performing and understanding simple things without assistance. Additionally, computers have made it difficult for children to do mathematics since they cannot solve any equation without using calculators. Computers also influence the capability of children from entering into complex relationship with a subject because they act as shortcuts to learning. Therefore, many children in the modern society avoid conducting expansive research in libraries and field because they prefer going online and downloading whatever information they want (Noll, 2012).
Remarkably, it is true that computers affect the capabilities of young children from entering into rich and complex relationship with the subject at hand because it has advanced in its level of entertainment. Therefore, instead of children conducting online research and other educational value, they only view computers as sources of entertainment by watching movies online, listening to music, socializing with friends or playing computer games. Finally, this has negatively affected the growth in learning among children because instead of focusing on their studies, they spend much time on computers engaging in non-educative activities(Noll, 2012).
Noll, J. W. (2012). Taking sides: Clashing views on educational issues (17th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.