An outside source that I found rather interesting for my paper was an article titled, “How Computers Make Our Kids Stupid” by Sue Ferguson. Obviously by looking at the title, it relates to Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google making us stupid?” There are differences however. First of all, Carr’s article focused more on Google and the Internet but Ferguson’s article focuses more on the computer as a whole. Throughout the article, she talks about the many things that a computer can do that can harm a childs education. It’s not just the internet that is detrimental, it’s also the games that you can play on them. Ferguson’s article is found in a psychology database so she also focuses on how certain aspects of computer games can also harm a childs individuality and creativity. The internet is full of propaganda that tells a person how to be. Adults typically have the maturity to not let that propaganda affect them too much but if a child is exposed to it, they are more likely to guide them in potentially harmful directions. Ferguson does, however, believe that technology does have a place in a learning environment in moderation. If it’s overused, problems occur. In her article, she states, “While computers clearly have a place in education (Waldorf introduces them in Grade 9), the evidence is mounting that our obsessive use of information technology is dumbing us down, adults as well as kids. While they can be engaging and resourceful tools for learning if used in moderation — computers and the Internet can also distract kids from homework, encourage superficial and uncritical thinking, replace face-to-face interaction between students and teachers, and lead to compulsive behaviour.” Both Ferguson and Carr would probably agree with the points made in each other’s articles. Both talk about how distracting the objects found on the internet can be. There may be too much stimulation on the internet for a teenager’s developing brain but it is all about moderation.

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