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Some specialists suggest that if a child is doing well in school, he/she should do a couple of extracurricular activities that might keep them busy twice or thrice a week, but they insist that it should be a combination of activities requiring study (such as, music, painting) and recreation (sports). These activities will help them build habits, so the child may see his/her continuous process, not mere by entertainment. We shouldn’t burden the child with overwhelming learning activities, as these should not take time from studying.
Video games, playstation, TV, computer... are just some of the time-wasting activities children as face with nowadays. The ideal would be not to have to hide these, but rather control the time dedicated to TV, video games. This should be done early on, for example since the age of seven and not at fifteen, so that these become habits and do not grow up to oppose parents authority and established rules. Some psychologists suggest putting a time limit for the use of such items, and allow their use only when they have finished studying.
Children associate the Internet to games, not to studying. Therefore, monitoring their studies might be harder. The Internet is more of a game than a pedagogic tool that is why if it’s not used in the right manner it could get out of control. For new technologies to have a positive impact on their learning process, parents must have previous knowledge of how their children use these technologies, how they relate to them and in them, how they manage and see that this has become their window to the world, a universe in which, speed and interconnectivity have become best allies.