Teaching preschoolers computer use can develop the following:

·       Introduce educational skills

·       Teach spatial and logical skills

·       Prepare children for future computer use

·       Increase self-esteem and self-confidence

·       Boost problem-solving skills

·       Stimulate language comprehension

·       Improve long-term memory and manual dexterity


The greatest benefits occur when children use computers side-by-side or when they work with adults. In these situations, preschoolers develop cooperative problem-solving skills. They also have the opportunity to interact with others, which enhances their overall learning.

 Children who are already proficient at using the computer still make gains in social skills as a result of having opportunities to use the computer with peers.

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Here are some additional tips to enhance computer use for your preschooler:

  • Look for programs that support open-ended, discovery-oriented learning
  • Adjust the computer and furniture for your child’s use
  • Adjust the sound and screen size for each use
  • Supervise your child’s computer activities
  • Turn off all programs but the one your child is using
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends on the computer
  • Balance computer time with social interaction and physical exercise

In conclusion, preschoolers can benefit in many ways from computer technology. The amount of time children spend with technology, however, is not as important as how they spend that time with the technology. Technology and media are tools that are effective only when used appropriately. Digitally literate educators who are grounded in child development and developmentally appropriate practices have the knowledge, skills, and experience to select and use technology tools and interactive media that suit the ages and developmental levels of children.  Taken from “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8” by NAEYC

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