Technology and a new age by @penfoldno1

Tech: pressures and concerns

Teaching in a primary school to me is aiding children for later in life. Giving children the skills they need to fulfil the best they can in their life. In a recent inset day, there was a discussion that we are preparing children jobs that we don’t know that they are going to be doing.

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As years go by technology will become more normalised in everyday society. Due to this, it brings dilemmas with it.

  • E-safety
  • Communication
  • Pressures on parents

As I wrote previously e-safety is ever vital nowadays. Children are able to access mobile devices very easily. This gives the child access to a huge amount of a information. Once online we seem to forget the day to day rules to keep yourself safe. For example not talking to strangers. This barrier is moved when children may talk to opposing member when playing a game on the Xbox or similar platform. Children don’t understand that the person who says they are 10 years old may not be.

Communication is a key part of everyday society. With a growing amount of technology around, you are able to communicate with people without having to see them. The most important way in communication is face to face. Body language and the way something is said the most important part of a conversation. If that is removed by sending an email it can make it hard to understand what is meant by the message. By this continually happening it makes a harder for children to understand peoples emotions.

Finally with technology can come a big price tag. Children are pressured to fit in with society and friends around them. This then can put pressure on parents to purchase the technology of the moment! For a family that may not be so well off can be harder.

The importance of technology is more vital than it ever was to provide children with a rounded education. This in turn then will help them for later in their life.

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