The Impact of Computers on Schools:
According to Healy, misuses of technology are the result of society’s willingness to embrace it blindly. She questions the impact that computers may have on children’s health, creativity, brain development, and social and emotional growth and emphasizes the following facts: the American Academy of Pediatrics has expressed concern about the amount of time children spend in front of various types of screens, and several experts in eye development have stated that computer use is creating problems in children’s developing visual systems. Healy relates her observations of classrooms, labs, and homes across America and expresses concern that “While some very exciting and potentially valuable things are happening between children and computers, we are currently spending far too much money with too little thought. It is past time to pause, reflect, and ask some probing questions” These probing questions include: Are computers being used in age-appropriate ways? Do program designers take into account the developmental needs of children? Are teachers receiving sufficient technology training? Is “learning software” really what it purports to be, or is it simply “edutainment” that reinforces impulsive point-and-click behavior in the pursuit of a trivial goal?
Healy, J. M. (1998). Failure to connect: How computers affect our children’s minds—for better and worse. New York: Simon & Schuster.