Technology vs. Life Skills

A new report from the Internet security firm AVG indicates that more small children can play a computer game than ride a bike. The Digital Diaries study  said that 58 percent of children aged two to five know how to play a “basic computer game” compared with 52 percent who know how to ride a bike. Sixty-three percent can turn a computer on and off, and 69 percent can use a mouse. By contrast, only 20 percent can “swim unaided,” 11 percent can tie their shoelaces without help, and 20 percent know how to make an emergency phone call.

The study was conducted by contacting 2,200 online mothers of children between two and five years old in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

What are the implications of this survey?  Children today need both skills – life and technology.  While it is great that they know how to work a computer or play video games, they also need “people” skills – the skills they need to deal with people and not with machines.

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