Computers for Kids at the Library? Really?

Our library has a fantastic section for little kids.  There are not only tons of books, but also fun play areas with neat games including a puppet stage/puppets, fun puzzles and little tables with places to color.  There is also a bank of computers with kids games on them.     I understand that computer skills are essential in today's society.  We have several computers and tablets in our house and I am a big fan of technology.  But not for babies and not for tiny kids in the library.  To be fair, there are usually many more little kids with their moms and dads reading, drawing or playing with the puzzles than there are at the computers.

I'm not sure I understand why we need to have kiddy computers at the library.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no tv for kids under the age of two.  Where do computers fit in to this equation?  I don't know but there are so many other places for tiny kids to be distracted by electronic media that I was hoping there would be an"electronics free zone" at the library.

I know that my 2 and a half year old daughter gets distracted when she hears the roar of one of the computer games and she wants to go over and see what the excitement is about.  Without that, she would be looking at books or playing with the other brain building things they have at the library.  It seems like another place for wonderful growing brains to get needlessly distracted by electronics.

I am very interested to hear what you think about computers in the library.   Weigh in with your thoughts.


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