How To Make A Better Student: Hard Truths About Software

Software designer Kai Krause, whose firm, MetaCreations, makes design and editing tools, was giving a demo at a technology conference when someone asked him which program his kids liked best. "I try not to be a computer dad," Krause said. "I let them play with a couple of simple programs, but then I kick their butts to go play some soccer." The audience burst into applause.

No one--certainly not a techie--suggests that kids shouldn't use computers. But even industry insiders say parents need to set some guidelines for their use. Mary Furlong, the founder and CEO of Third Age Media, says...

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