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Adapt Or Die: Growing Up With A Personal Computer

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In this new age of technology and information, it is adapt or die in relation to owning a personal home computer. Growing up with a personal computer is nearly required of children in this modern generation to succeed; and its need will only widen in the future to come. The possible risks related to children using personal computers are preventable and far overshadowed by the potential for education and general benefits of owning a personal computer now and in the future. This is why the use of personal computers in the classroom and in the home is dramatically increasing as society develops into the age of the future.
Personal computers are not just toys; they are the largest resource of information known to man provided at the users’ fingertips! Even computer gaming has a high potential for practical educational purposes. In its 2013 season, ID Tech Camps planned to add three new courses based around the Minecraft platform along with numerous other games; providing another tool for learning and preparation for modern careers (Tech Camps). They believe that the way children learn is changing, and we need to offer them subjects related to future careers (Tech Camps). Not only is computer based learning relevant to many future careers, but it can also be used to teach subjects that are not related to computers and it is proven to be less stressful and even increase scores. Using computer games in a classroom setting relieves anxiety and offers a creative approach to both teaching and learning (Blake). Computer game based learning methods were provided in the College of Nursing and were shown to increase classroom interaction and therefore content retention; which is why test scores in units that contained games have exhibited improvement. The potential computers have for modern education is not the only reason children should have a personal computer; as computers can also be generally beneficial and influential in the life of a child.
Unbeknownst to most is the fact that personal computers and computer gaming is generally beneficial to the mental and social ability of children. From a report on The Guardian, “A report from the European parliament concluded yesterday that computer games are good for children and teach them essential life skills (Booth).” The committee on the internal market and consumer protection says this...

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