Handbook of Language and Literacy Development - a Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months

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Computer Skill Development (30-60 Months)click to print Print

Written by: Eileen Wood, Wilfrid Laurier University

The progression through computer skills depends on when the child is first exposed to computers and the comfort level of parents in encouraging their child’s independence when using computers.

There is no ideal or optimum time for the first exposure to a computer but there are some concerns about early exposure. Therefore, the onset of computer use may differ greatly within families and across children even within families. Given this variability, the summary below presents a sequence of acquisition that parents can follow when they introduce children to computers and includes ways to encourage children’s skill development around the

technology. A general rule is that a parent or caregiver should be present and supervise whenever children use computers even if they seem able to handle the equipment independently.

Generally, before two years of age, children will not be able to handle computers independently.

30 – 60 Months

Initial Computer Use - Toddlers and Young Preschoolers

Initial Computer Use ­- Older Preschoolers to Kindergarten Age

children’s games) because most use either a mouse or touch pad/screen

Introduce the Child to the CD/DVD drive

Introduce Child to Start and Shut Down the Computer

Introduce Child to Keyboard

Using the Computers to Learn

Eileen Wood (2008). Computer Skill Development At-a-Glance 30 – 60 Months. In L.M. Phillips (Ed.), Handbook of language and literacy development: A Roadmap from 0 – 60 Months. [online], pp 1-2. London, ON: Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Available at: Handbook of language and literacy development