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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 MadMan007 on 4/17/2014 11:29:29 PM , Rating: 3
Your blind anti-government rants get old, especially when you just spew it out without thinking about the specific topic. Teachers are specifically saying that this negatively impacts child development - motor skills for young children, and general classroom abilities in older students - and that is explicitly within the bounds of a teacher's concerns.

RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/18/2014 7:26:42 AM , Rating: 2
But we've been provided zero evidence or study information that that's taking place. Are teachers qualified to test motor-skill abilities in the UK? Do they?

Hell we don't even know if test scores are suffering!

We've been given ZERO hardcore data to form our own opinion. So I'm of the opinion that their opinion is a bunch of technophobe Luddite "in my day.." hyperbole.

And I'm honestly shocked that on a tech website, so many people are going along with this nonsense. I can only assume it's just to argue with me, I would hate to think this many people are genuine anti-technology nanny's.

RE: Sod Off
By just4U on 4/18/2014 11:01:08 AM , Rating: 2
That's one thing I am a little surprised at.. What evidence do they have, is there any hard data? Have there been studies they can cite to help collaborate their observations?

There could also be ulterior motives for this organization to put a negative spin on such things.. especially if they are hoping to have policy makers establish guidelines for how often/when a child can have access to them.

RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/18/2014 1:05:49 PM , Rating: 1
That's one thing I am a little surprised at..

From a Tiffany article? I would be more surprised if we actually WERE given facts and more than just idle opinion.

Hell I would probably faint.

What evidence do they have, is there any hard data? Have there been studies they can cite to help collaborate their observations?

Good questions. But why are we the only ones asking them? Seems like 95% of this discussion consists of people blindly appealing to whatever the teachers are saying.

RE: Sod Off
By just4U on 4/18/2014 5:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
I kind of wondered that myself..

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