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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:14 am 
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8 ... ldren.html


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:28 pm 
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Hmm...is this today's debate?
For the benefit of those who have yet to click on the link, this is an article in The Telegraph suggesting that the internet might be dehumanising children.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:55 pm 
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I think too much of anything can be harmful so everything in moderation.

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I have heard a sad story about a little girl who was in the kitchen using a new toaster, and asked her father: “Do I put the slice of bread in portrait or landscape?”


I thought this was funny though! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:14 pm 
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Agree with ThingsBehindTheSun.

In the same conversation in the car this morning DS was asking if he could have a Facebook account and slightly later was concerned about losing touch with his primary school friends as they are planning to go their different ways to various schools. I was the one who made the connection! As with anything, if you make it like "forbidden fruit" they will only feel tempted to do it behind your back and possibly miss out on useful lessons about how to use the internet safely. It's a bit like crossing the road - you don't hold their hand tightly until they are ten and then suddenly expect them to cross a busy road completely on their own, it's something that is built up gradually. My deal is that as long as I have full access to the account and can monitor how it is being used, I can't see a problem. DS already uses MSN, which seems to me to be far more "open" in terms of individual security and is not a system I particularly like.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:54 pm 
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I have heard a sad story about a little girl who was in the kitchen using a new toaster, and asked her father: “Do I put the slice of bread in portrait or landscape?”

I thought this was funny though!


I agree ThingsBehindTheSun, for all Susan Greenfield knows, this girl’s parents might be graphic designers or photographers. My children have always asked “should this letter be upper case?” rather than “should this letter be a capital?” because I’m a writer/editor by profession and that is the terminology I use. Nothing sinister or sad about it whatsoever.

Magazine and book designers have been using the terms ‘portrait’ and ‘landscape’ with me for the whole of my career and I’m pretty sure I pre-date computers :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:13 pm 
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I love the idea of "portrait" or "landscape" toast and will adopt it immediately!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:22 pm 
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Yes indeed. It predates it by centuries. Portrait being the upright position of the artist's canvas for a portrait, landscape being broader across to get the vista in. I don't think the toast story is sad at all. I think it's adorable and rather clever of her to ask.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:48 pm 
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rather clever of her to ask.


definitely
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:00 pm 
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Susan Greenfield has been going on about this for ages. She makes it sound like there's scientific basis for it, but as far as I can tell, it's just her opinion. And although she's clearly accomplished a lot, she's not so infallible that I will trustingly accept everything she says :)

I like the toast story too :)

(My own "video games have ruined my child" story is of my son, aged about 4, who looked at my mum's petrol gauge, and told her her health was a bit low :lol: )


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:25 am 
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(My own "video games have ruined my child" story is of my son, aged about 4, who looked at my mum's petrol gauge, and told her her health was a bit low )


:lol: :lol:

my own shameful video game secret....

I was in supermarket , walking past spices aisle and remembered I needed allspice. It was only when I got home and unpacked it that I realised I needed allspice as a vital ingredient in the adventure game I was playing at the time.
I am 54 abandon all hope

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