Re “Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality” (Digital Domain, July 11),
which described how studies showed a decline in academic performance after students in low-income households received a computer in the home:
Without active parental planning and supervision, children consume junk media as they do junk food. Left to themselves, children properly regard almost everything as toys and do not consider long-term benefits or hazards.
Parents should regard digital media as a way to enhance children’s development and family life. Learning is essentially a developmental social that needs the nurturing involvement of adults.
EITAN D. SCHWARZ, M.D.
Skokie,Ill., July 11
The writer is a child psychiatrist.