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Jun 16 2010   2:52PM GMT

Children spend too much time on computers

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In the days of old when knights were bold and computers hadn’t been invented, squires – wannabe knights – would practice swordsmanship using wooden swords, to minimise the risk of injury and also to protect the valuable ironmongery from damage.

It is entirely possible that many infant school teachers can see the point of the latter reasoning, and would gladly not submit the school’s Wi-Fi laptops to the grubby little fingers and hayfever driven sneezes of a class of 20 six-year-olds.

But according to recent reports one  psychologist is now suggesting that children should not be introduced to the joys of IT until they are nine years old.

No doubt schools will in due course be issued with wooden models of the latest lap-tops, with the letters of the keyboard painted on to wooden buttons. They will sit in their little rows and all hum the Microsoft start-up tone at assembly every morning, before “logging” (emphasis on the log) on to their treemail accounts – oh you get the picture.

In which case this kit, created by French artist Dimitri Tskalov, could suddenly be in demand.

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