Dr. Eric Williams, Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister exclaimed that “the future of the nation is in the children’s school bag”. In 1962 and even today in the 21st century, education is still valued. As time progressed, personal computers have been used alongside physical texts to aid students as they learn. Some persons believe that they are necessary for academic success for college students, secondary and even primary school pupils. This is false as personal computers are more harmful than beneficial to the users, especially primary school children as they are likely to meet predators online, they may be distracted with online gaming and its maintenance could become costly to parents.
If children are given personal computers, it is likely that they would meet predators on the internet. The internet is a great space. It connects persons from all over the world with a few strokes of a keyboard. While there are some advantages to this modern marvel, criminals have also begun using this space to prey on unsuspecting persons, namely children. Pedophiles contact ignorant children and persuade them to send photos of themselves in compromising positions or even to meet up with them and abuse them. Financial scammers may also convince them to give their parents’ credit information to make lavish unauthorized purchases. Primary school children should be given educational books to read instead of personal computers.
Children may also be distracted with online gaming if given unlimited access to personal computers. Online gaming is a recently discovered addiction. It has all the features of something addictive: it has a low barrier to entry (anyone with access to a PC can play) and it gives rewards (virtual points) while the user interacts with it. Therefore, children become addicted to online gaming as addicts become attached to their drug of choice. They would spend hours behind their personal computer feeding their gaming addiction which is the opposite of the personal computer’s original use. If they were given an educational book instead of a PC, they could avoid this destructive behavior.
Lastly, giving primary school students personal computers could become expensive for the parents of that child. These mass produced devices are often made with lower grade materials that make the computer fragile. What often happens is the child absentmindedly pushes the computer from off of the table or hits it when it malfunctions, causing damage to the machine. The parent must then repair this device which is an added cost to the original price. Also, personal computers require regular upgrades to software and hardware like anti viruses, new computer mice et cetera for optimal performance. What may have begun as a way to help the child educationally could now become a burden to the parent financially. In the end, an educational book instead of a personal computer could have saved this parent from this burden.
To close, primary school children should not be given personal computers. Firstly, they could be exposed to predators online. Secondly, they could become addicted to online gaming if they have their own computers. Lastly, a primary school child having a personal computer could become expensive for their parent.