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Children Becoming Addicted To Computers, Expert Says

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A Noted British educational authority warns that children are becoming addicted to computers, and parents need to limit their exposure.

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, and former headmaster of the noted Harrow School (one of the finest in England for gifted students) says children need to be limited to an hour a day on the computer, and parents should not buy a smart phone for their child til they are at least 15 years of age.   Besides the possibility of finding what Lenon calls ‘damaging’ materials on the web, more importantly, he says too much computer time deprives a child of developing essential skills in reading and conversation.  He recommends parents read more to children, and simply talk to them.   The Daily Telegraph of England reports online, that children there are more likely to own a smartphone than a book, and more and more schools are replacing books with computers and digital readers.

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