When I was young, the "computer" was the room-sized machine at my dad's work that spit out code punch cards. When we visited we collected spent cards and had fun punching out what I now know are called "chads." I know that life beyond computers exists, but honestly, I can't imagine it -- and my kids certainly can't! This week, as technofans across the world celebrate the release of the iPad, we pull together some of the best commentary and discourse on the topic of kids and computers.

Are Computers Really Bad for Kids? LIke most things in life, computers aren't entirely bad or good. They may be linked to STDs (really!) but they're also connected to higher rates of high school graduation. Read the evidence for yourself. Politics Daily

Kids and Computer Related Problems. With toddlers already clicking and scrolling (on equipment sized for adults, by the way), the occurrence of computer-related injuries and problems is much higher. This post lists some of the issues parents and teachers need to be aware of. FitnessHub 

Computer Games Good for Kids. This post is one you may want to hide from the kids, if you're trying to reduce their screen time. Recent study results show that some video time may actually be good for kids' math scores and concentration abilities. Dramatic Blogger

Steve Jobs is Nine-Year-Old Child. If you don't "get" the iPad, maybe it's just because you're too darned old. This blog post imagines interactions with the new computing device from the point of view of a child, contrasted with how an adult views the iPad. The Huffington Post

Apple Preps 2010 School Field Trips. Apple's mantra may very well be, Get 'em while they're young (or while they're at the same mental and emotional age as Steve Jobs, if the blogger above is correct). The Apple Store is a favorite mall destination for people of all ages, and it's getting a little more interactive. The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Computers for Kiddos. How much do your kids already know about the Internet? Probably more than you think. This blogger guides you through figuring out where they're at and where they need to be to keep up with their school peers. Journey to Caring