If you are in your sixties, you no doubt remember how television was going to turn future generations of children into couch potatoes. Then in the late seventies and eighties video game consoles began to gain ground. Concerns were voiced, and still are in some quarters, about players becoming addicted, aggressive, unsociable, and violent. Games began to be rated as films are. Now, as the digital age continues to break new ground, will our children be adversely affected in the future, by digital technology everywhere they turn?
Monitoring Digital Activities
Instead of blaming technology for your children’s problem, you can use it to your advantage. If you’re too worried about your kids and what they might do on the internet, you can seek help from a parental control app. There are a bunch of them available on different platforms, and they allow you to disable certain keywords from the search, block websites, and enable safe search. These features have become a necessity nowadays because there’s just no other way for you to know what your kids are up to on their devices. A parental control app can not only make your life a bit easier, it can also provide you with a peace of mind regarding your children’s digital activities which is a huge help.
Education could be the Big Winner:
One thing is for sure, the digital revolution is going to continue unabated, reaching into every facet of our and our children’s daily lives. We can’t get away from it. So we, and our children, will have to learn to embrace it. If managed correctly, our children can reap the rewards of improved educational and career aids like never before.
Learning Aids for the Young:
Simple things, like children in nursery school learning their A B C using touch screen technology. Then graduating to form their very first words; mum, dad, cat, and dog, by moving the letters around on screen.
Research has found that children as young as three playing games on a console or tablet, develop good eye to hand coordination, far quicker than their peers with no access to game playing. Good coordination is essential when it comes down to first attempts at writing with pencil and paper.
Primary School Age:
Technology plays a major part in the education system in almost every country around the world. Having started learning at an early age, playing games for the young, they have already learnt to find their way around a computer. Appropriate programmes for English and maths, and E-books for reading, continue to teach, while at the same time improve computer skills for the higher learning activities to come.
Home schooling is becoming increasingly popular in many countries for a variety of reasons. Now, with fibre broadband becoming ever more available, many children are choosing to learn at home. The usual distractions caused by 30 or more children crammed into one classroom are no longer a problem. Children can learn at their own speed, which is invariably faster than in a packed room. With video conferencing and networking they have all the benefits of a teacher/pupil relationship, without the usual classroom interruptions.
The Special Ones:
As with any group of people there will always be the special ones, children whose interest goes far beyond just learning what is on the screen. They want to know how it got there. They start taking an interest in programming, either as a hobby with all the information at their fingertips – or as part of the curriculum. The programmers of the future, in this digital revolution.
With digital technology still very much in its infancy, no one knows exactly how it will affect today’s generation long term. We have nothing to base any research on. It is down to today’s educationalists to provide curricular which will both embrace technology, while ensuring normal educational processes are maintained.