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They say students lack the motor skills or can't pay attention in class because of tablet overexposure

A group of UK teachers are urging parents to limit their children's time on tablets and other technology, as they claim a rising number of young students lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks while older students are unable to take written exams with pen and paper.

According to The Telegraph, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants parents to turn off the Wi-Fi at night before bed so students get a good night's sleep instead of playing on tablets all night. 

The association claims that younger students as young as three or four can swipe on an iPad screen, but have little or no dexterity in their fingers to use building blocks. 

As for the older students, the association said their attention spans are limited in the classroom due to overexposure to technology. They further claimed that these students can't implement the skills they read in their textbooks, but have exceptional technical skills when it comes to consumer electronics.  

“It is our job to make sure that the technology is being used wisely and productively and that pupils are not making backward steps and getting obsessed and exhibiting aggressive and anti-social behaviours,” said Mark Montgomery, a teacher from Northern Ireland.

“In the same way we can use a brick to either break a window or build a house, digital technology can be used for good or bad, and teachers can and should help their pupils make positive choices so they have positive experiences.”

The teachers say many children born with an iPad in their hands and overuse the devices are more likely to lack non-tech skills as simple as writing with pen and paper. 

This seems to be an issue in other parts of the world as well. Back in 2012, it was reported that children in South Korea are especially prone to internet addiction, and that the dangers of tech addiction would be taught in schools. 

In the U.S., however, tablets like the iPad are being deployed in many school districts to advance tech skills. 

Source: The Telegraph

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RE: Sod Off
By amanojaku on 4/17/2014 4:32:42 PM , Rating: 3
Or here's an idea, worry about what they do in school and fek off when it comes to their home life. That is NOT your concern, you should have NO opinion on it.
Actually, it is their concern, to a degree. If the child's home is interfering with his/her ability to learn then teachers should bring that up in case the parent is unaware. Breakfast and lunch programs were created because many poor children didn't get either at home, and couldn't pay attention in class. Notice that the teachers aren't demanding this of parents. They are recommending this, insisting, even, but still leaving it to the parents to decide.
When I was a child I read like 10 books a month. Isn't that an addiction? But none of these teachers would say that, of course. Why is that perceived as being more healthy than a tablet or phone?
Because that's not an addiction. That barely qualified as reading back then, as avid readers read at least one book a day. And avid readers aren't classified as addicts. Besides, addiction is determined by how your life is impacted by the behavior. A person who reads every day without it interfering with work or school isn't an addict. Kids who spend all night playing Angry Birds instead of doing homework or sleeping are addicts. When I was a kid I'd read by moonlight and pass out in the morning. I was an addict.

RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: -1
RE: Sod Off
By amanojaku on 4/17/2014 5:18:14 PM , Rating: 3
That's because "children" read Doctor Seuss! I was reading at an adult level early on.
Nowhere in my post did I describe reading levels. I said number of books per day...
How in the hell is someone that age supposed to go to school (and pay attention), come home and do homework, go to bed on time, and knock out a 400+ page book in a day EVERY day?
Nowhere in my post did I describe the number of pages in the books read. In fact, you never described the number of pages or types of books, either...
Please think before you speak.
That doesn't appear to be necessary. You're speaking for me by putting words in my mouth. Er, post.
Some would debate you on that. I don't think there's an established consensus on what an addiction is. They don't all have negative impacts, and some people might not even be aware they have one.
Oh boy...

RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: -1
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