Born To Surf

from the get-'em-while-they're-young dept

A short article by the father of a 3-year-old boy explains how quickly his son figured out how the internet works, and became addicted to it. In fact, he’s already complaining that the computer he gets to use (an older machine) is not as fast as the machine his parents get to use. At first (as most parents do), the father wanted to believe that his child had special abilities – but other parents tell the same basic story. Kids seem to be able to understand the basics of the internet somewhere around the age of three. Yet more evidence that the next generation will truly be an internet generation.

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Long Time Lurker says:

Even younger

Being a computer geek myself, I naturally introduce my toddler to the wonderfull world of computers at the age of 2. It took 3 lessons of about 30 minutes before he mastered surfing the web.
It is now six months later and he knows how to use bookmarks, the sites he wishes to visit and how to turn on the disability features that come with the OS.
Internet generation indeed.

Anonymous Coward says:

Emotional Cripples?

I remember the 70s and 80s when the kids who were growing up on video games were supposed to become the next generation of super-geniuses.

As each new generation of kids grows up on more realistic video games, will we not see more of them who are unable to have normal social lives? The incidence of autism has quadrupled in California, particularly in the Silicon Valley region. It is known that environmental factors do influence the onset of autism.

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