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Kids Learning Computer Skills Before Life Skills

Last Updated: March 1, 2023

Luke Gilkerson
Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Your Brain on Porn and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

A recent study by AVG reveals kids are learning computer skills before “life skills.”

  • 69% of children (ages 2-5) can operate a computer mouse, but only 11% can tie their shoelaces.
  • 58% of young children know how to play a basic computer game, whereas 27% know how to make their breakfast.
  • 28% of young children can make a call on a mobile phone, whereas only 20% know to dial 911 in case of an emergency.

In one sense these statistics shouldn’t surprise or alarm us: children who grow up around computers and smartphones will probably learn to use the technology quickly. We should be alarmed when digital devices, like TV a generation ago, is used by parents as a replacement for quality time with family and necessary physical activity.

In the digital era, it is vital for parents to learn the importance of Internet accountability in the home. Parents should be aware of what their kids are doing on the computer. If kids are aware of this environment of accountability from a young age, this makes conversations about Internet safety easier as they get older.

This is exactly why we created our Accountability and Filtering services: to give parents the technology to take control of the Internet at home.

  • Comments on: Kids Learning Computer Skills Before Life Skills
    1. zipporah

      YIKES!! they could get in PORN this way! at the library the other day, I saw a little boy not much older than 18 months–handling a MOUSE. At first I thought it was cute…but not anymore! how will he be able to communicate with flesh and blood peopl later!

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