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Ergonomics. 2005 Apr 15;48(5):506-21.

Optimizing the interaction of children with information and communication technologies.

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School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845, Western Australia.


This paper outlines the major changes in the lives of children in industrially advanced countries associated with the increased interaction with information and communication technologies. The potential opportunities and threats to the cognitive, social, physical and visual development of children are reviewed to emphasize the importance of optimizing the interaction. The change in children's use of technology also poses opportunities and threats for ergonomics that should be noted if the profession is to continue being relevant and useful into this century. The paper ends with a pathway to the development and implementation of guidelines about child information and communication technology use for different groups of guideline users.

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