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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 Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 4:56:37 PM , Rating: -1
If a child is failing at reading and writing, then the school system and his/her parents have failed them.

When I was a child I had a deficiency in math, but all other subjects I was brilliant at. I just didn't "get" math, I couldn't see the numbers in my mind when it was clear that everyone else around me could. All the signs were there that I needed remediation in math, but did the teachers care? No, I was helped just enough to get by. Well "getting by" doesn't cut it in the real world.

Blaming the parents is nice, but it doesn't help the child that's under your care for 8+ hours a day. Reading, writing, and math skills are crucial at a young developing age. And it's up to the teachers and school system to aggressively tackle those deficiencies before they become handicaps.

RE: Sod Off
By someguy123 on 4/17/2014 10:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
What are you even talking about? This is basically the school system's attempt at notifying the parents of what they think is a disciplinary problem. They can't force parents to stop giving their kids tablets. This isn't any different from a teacher giving advice to parents during a conference. Your posts read like the teachers are petitioning a law against late night tablet usage. I don't have anything against tablets in general, but I'd like to see that era you lived in where reading was such an ingrained, popular past time among children that kids were falling asleep from "reading all night".

This actually is the teachers doing their jobs and giving parents their perspective. It's not their job to raise your child, and quite frankly its not their job to baby someone who struggles at math. They exist to help push everyone in the class forward, monitor your abilities and communicate with you and your parents. Your teachers should've contacted your parents and had you put more time into studying or suggested tutoring. It's ultimately your parents and your own responsibility to keep up or exceed everyone else.

"I just didn't get math" oh brother. You've got underachieving special snowflake written all over you.

RE: Sod Off
By Dr of crap on 4/21/2014 10:22:25 AM , Rating: 1
Parents should and could be helping.
IT IS NOT only up the school system to help out.

Parenting is a 24/7/365 job and we have plenty of proof out in the world of parents that shouldn't have had kids because they failed to raise the kids right.

Hope your kids are just super smart so you don't have to help them!

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