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Turning kids on to computing - not

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Tis the season to be deluged with ads for all manner of crap for kids, including “educational” computer games. Yeah, right. Wouldn’t you rather give your kids something of value, and that will help them develop real skills? Instead of turning into nearsighted wheezing lardbutted obsessive-compulsive button-pushers?

So what’s a parent to do? You know that having at least a basic set of computing skills is essential for modern life. But what are those skills, and how should kids acquire them? I think the same old ways kids have always learned things and prepared for their futures: by spending a lot of time running around and playing outdoor games, building things by hand, and plain old desk work with books and paper.

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