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The Internet Playground: Children's Access, Entertainment, and MIS-Education [Paperback]

Ellen Seiter , Toby Miller

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Book Description

January 2007 0820471240 978-0820471242 2nd New edition
Based on four years of experience teaching computers to 8-12 year olds, media scholar Ellen Seiter offers parents and educators practical advice on what children need to know about the Internet and when they need to know it. The Internet Playground argues that, contrary to the promises of technology boosters, teaching with computers is very difficult. Seiter points out that the Internet today resembles a mall more than it does a library. While children love to play online games, join fan communities, and use online chat and instant messaging, the Internet is also an appallingly aggressive marketer to children and, as this book passionately argues, an educational boondoggle.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing; 2nd New edition edition (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820471240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820471242
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,822,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seiter may be correct. The Internet has certainly seen its share of hype in all types of fields. And the education of young children is one of these. Much of the so-called educational opportunities available on the Internet to them are rather limited, as Seiter points out in her analysis. In part, this may be because vendors cannot figure out a viable business model, since their audience has no or little direct purchasing power. But the more compelling reason may simply be that an effective educational website is far harder to develop than might be apparent. And that no one to date has succeeded in doing so.

So what we are left with is the equivalent of commercials masquerading as education.

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