Why Should a PC Be Your Child's First Learning Gadget?

Parents and teachers are the most important mentor for a child.More often than not, a child is likely to contest facts and seek answers from their parents until they finally run out of questions.[1]

 

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While mentors may be dependable, they have their own setbacks. For instance, parents don’t know everything whereas teachers aren’t always available. Moreover, the response system in children can be highly selective, with most of them responding effectively to visuals, audio and colours.[2] This makes it important that we maximise our child’s learning potential in an intrinsic way. That’s where a reliable friend—the computer comes to the rescue.

 

“Parents don’t know everything whereas teachers aren’t always available.”

 

Children are curious and are eager to know everything. They want to explore the world and learn about the endless possibilities that exist. With a computer, a child can access the various educational resources available on the internet.

Moreover, a computer helps to develop the cognitive abilities of your child. A study in 1993 found that kindergarten students were on-task (concentrating) 90% of the time when they were on a computer.[3]

Interactive lessons that employ visuals and colours can widen the child’s abilities to understand and retain information better. Educational programs can develop problem-solving skills, whereas fun concept based games can help the child grasp and retain knowledge effectively as found by evidence published in Psychology Today.[4]

 

 

The benefits of a computer are evident in the paper “The Effective Use of Computers with Young Children” published by Douglas H. Clements.

In which he says, “We believe that having young children use computers in new ways — to solve problems, draw, and do turtle geometry — can help them learn and develop mathematically and scientifically”.

While many parents gravitate towards tablets and other mobile devices, they cannot offer the immersive and tactile environment that a PC can. While mobile devices are great for incredibly young children, but as soon as they can comprehend language and craft sentences both written and verbal, it would be wiser to introduce them to PCs as it promotes the child’s learning through reading and writing.

The most important reason a PC must be your child’s first primary device is that it is the basic or the most fundamental device in this advancing technological age. It is the forerunner of all the advancements made in the new millennium and it sets a firm foundation for any future device that your child will eventually use.

When fully maximised, effective computer usage can be a stepping stone to speeding up your child’s growth and development. Here’s an example [5] of Shubham, a middle-schooler from Nashik with crystal-clear academic concepts because of his brand new PC.

Not only does a PC have multi-faceted benefits, but it can also bridge the gap between the abstract and real world, one that parents and teachers often find difficult to accomplish. Getting a PC for your child will definitely prove to be a fruitful decision in the long run.

 



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  • Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.