Computer and the Online World Should be Taught in Preschool

by Tanya Thomas on  June 22, 2011 at 7:04 AM Child Health News
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A major investigation of online safety has found that cyber education for children should start in preschool.
 Computer and the Online World Should be Taught in Preschool
Computer and the Online World Should be Taught in Preschool

More than a year in the making, the High-Wire Act report makes dozens of recommendations to parliament on how to educate children and teenagers on remaining safe in the increasingly complex online environment.

The first recommendation calls on Early Childhood Minister Peter Garrett to consider providing "cyber-safety" lessons in pre-schools and kindergartens, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It seems sensible that schools introduce cyber-safety when they introduce computers and online access," the report said.

"Unfortunately, it is just too late, because children have already developed a set of habits and practices," the report added.

A major part of the research done by parliament's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety was a survey of 33751 Internet users aged between five and 18.

Source: ANI

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