Towards evidence-based guidelines for wise use of computers by children

Leon Straker, Clare M. Pollock, Robin J. Burgess-Limerick

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This paper argues for the systematic development and presentation of evidence-based guidelines for appropriate use of computers by children. The currently available guidelines are characterised and a proposed conceptual model presented. Five principles are presented as a foundation to the guidelines. The paper concludes with a framework for the guidelines, key evidence for and against guidelines, and gaps in the available evidence, with the aim of facilitating further discussion.
Relevance to industry: The current generation of children in affluent countries will typically have over 10 years of computer experience before they enter the workforce. Consequently, the primary prevention of computer-related health disorders and the development of good productivity skills for the next generation of workers needs to occur during childhood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1045-1053
Number of pages9
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


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