Computer Use and Kids' Vision

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Computer Use and Kids' Vision


MANILA, Philippines - Truth to tell, kids and computers are inseparable these days. With many school-age kids and even preschool children spending hours in front of a computer every day, it's worth considering what effects computers might have on your children's vision.

Take for instance, Charina, 8, soon as she gets home from school, drops her things and rushes to thePC. "I have to catch Mariella and check her out in Skype. It's 3 am there!" Tsk. Tsk. I constantly have to remind my Keoni that the computer is OFF LIMITS during school days UNLESS it is necessary for research and ONLY WHEN SUPERVISED.

At the same time too much time on it raises such queries: Is it bad for their eyes? Does it help or hurt school performance? These questions about kids, computers and vision are common. I hope this article helps us learn more about such concerns.

First of all lemme tell you about Computer Ergonomics. This is the study of people's efficiency at their computer workstations. Problems with computer ergonomics are closely associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which can affect children as well as adults.

Alyanna, 27, Makati - Does computer usage improve study habits?

Here's good news: Recent research suggests computer use among preschool children may actually improve their readiness for school and academic achievement.

In one study of 122 preschoolers enrolled in a rural Head Start program in the U.S. children in the experimental group were given the opportunity to work on a computer for 15-20 minutes per day with their choice of developmentally appropriate educational software, while the kids in the control (non-computer) group received a standard Head Start curriculum. …

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