Toddlers Learn Computers at Early Age

Computers are becoming a bigger part of schools every year. Now, even pre-schoolers are learning how to log on and boot up.

Teresa Rains loves teaching computers. She learned how to use one just 6 years ago, four years before many of her students were born. "Around 2 years old is the best time to start them. Any younger and a lot of times their attention span, you can't hold it long enough. At 2 years old, 20 minutes is really the max."

It's Wednesday morning, and Teresa is sitting in a class room at First Baptist Child Development Center in Tyler.  As a PC Kidz teacher, she works with toddlers and preschoolers all over East Texas.  The program teaches them how to type, use a mouse, and even take digital photos. "That's our future. And, if you don't know how to run a computer, it's hard to find a job."

These 2,3, and 4 year olds are more interested in finding yellow rectangles on the screen than a job in the real world. But whether they know it or not, they've already got a leg up on the competition.

Stephen Parr, reporting.