UK Teachers Want Parents to Cut-Off Their Children's Internet, Tablet Use at Night
April 17, 2014 3:40 PM
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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.
, 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.
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RE: Sod Off
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
4/21/2014 10:22:25 AM
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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