Children and electronics

Children and electronics

Children are using and owning consumer electronics from a younger age than ever before, according to US market researcher NPD. Its research shows the average age at which children begin using computers, games and other electronic gadgets has declined from 8.1 years in 2005 to 6.7 years in 2007. The NPD report, “Kids and Consumer Electronics Trends III”, says the youngest consumers are also getting choosy about what they buy. More and more young children now own a DVD player, portable video game, digital camera or cell phone. NPD’s Anita Frazier said: “Kids are drawn to the latest and greatest digital devices just as their parents are.” She added: “They appear to have no fear of technology and adopt it easily and without fanfare, making these devices a part of their everyday lives.”
The study is based on data collected via an online survey to a sample of American adults aged 25 and older who had children aged between four and fourteen. The survey also found that kids use electronic devices an average of three days per week. Surprisingly, many of the families surveyed were not regular consumer electronics buyers. Almost 25 percent of parents surveyed said they had made no electronics purchases during
the previous 12 months. Father of two Robert Garside, 38, said he was amazed at what his children want to buy. He admits to often having to ask his nine-year-old how to operate his Sony PlayStation. “Children nowadays are so tech savvy that soon Sony will bring out a PlayStation for babies,” he said. His son Robert Junior said all the
gadgets around him really were child’s play.

I- COMPREHENSION: 7 POINTS
A-WHAT IS THE WRITER’S INTENT? Put x on the right answer
 To show that parents don’t use electronic gadgets like their kids:…………….
 To show that using electronic gadgets has some dangers on kids: …………….
 To show that kids are using electronic gadgets younger than before:…………..

B-ARE THESE SENTENCES TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY.
 The average age at which kids start using gadgets has fallen.
……………………………………………………
 A quarter of parents interviewed don’t buy gadgets regularly
…………….……………………………………
 Young children seem frightened of electronic device
…………………………………………………

C-FIND IN THE TEXT WORDS OR EXPRESSIONS THAT MEAN THE SAME AS:
1. Machines (parg1)…………
2.Through: (parg2)…………………

D – FILL IN EACH BLANK WITH ONE WORD FROM THE TEXT.
 The people surveyed submitted their answers ………………..
 The study focused on ………..with children aged between 4 and 14.

II- LANGUAGE: 7 POINTS
A- FILL IN THE GAP WITH AN APPROPRIATE WORD OR EXPRESSION FROM THE LIST.
Make graduates- expatriates- pull- do- funds- push- challenging
 Excuse me, could you _____ me a favor and watch my bags for a moment?
 Moroccan………….in Europe are not enjoying their full rights.
 Lack of job opportunities is an essential ………….factor that makes people immigrate

B-REWRITE THE SENTENCES BEGINNING WITH THE WORDS GIVEN.
 John drove his car so fast that he had an accident.
John wishes…………………………………………………………
 Mary to Lucy, “Will you come to my party tomorrow?”
Mary asked ………………………………………………………..
 Mr. Edwards has gone into hospital for some treatments. His health has not been good lately.
Mr. Edwards whose…………………………………………………………………………
 It is possible that she didn’t invite him to the party.
She …………………………………………………………………………………….

WRITING: 6 POINTS
Many young graduates are leaving their country to get better jobs abroad! Write an article for your school magazine suggesting what should the government do to keep these young graduates
in their countries.

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I started teaching in 2004 after I got my BA degree in English from Kenitra. These days I am pursuing a Master’s degree in English too in the same university. I am interested in implementing ICT in learning and bringing the best to my students, whom I do love and consider as my kids.

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