In their early developmental years, children don’t fully comprehend how their actions affect those around them. Their area of focus is primarily on themselves and their immediate needs. As a child grows, they become more aware of others and their needs, and have a greater capacity for emotional intelligence.
It’s no surprise to hear that children today benefit from access to technology and software and that this has revolutionised education. However, the challenge in this highly digitised world is that there are far too many options to choose from. With over 80,000 apps listed as ‘educational’ in Apple’s App Store alone, it’s a minefield for parents to know which educational apps can help learning.
We live in a digitally and socially-connected age, now more than ever. According to the latest report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 91 percent of Australian teenagers aged 15 to 19 are using social media, with some spending up to 18 hours each week online.
5 ways to keep your child safe on the internet
The internet has grown exponentially in the past decade alone. We can now submit assessments, sign digital permission slips and take quizzes all online. Our children have grown up with the internet and may often be the ones helping us with computer problems, but that doesn’t mean they know what is and isn’t safe online.
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A recent AO.com survey pointed to children spending on average around 17 hours a week in front of a screen - almost double the 8.8 weekly hours spent playing outside.
In 2015 Cambridge University researchers recorded the activities of more than 800 14 year olds and analysed their GCSE results at 16. Those spending an extra hour a day on screens (TV, computer, games console, phone) saw a fall in GCSE results equivalent to two grades overall.
Technology is all around us. It has become a part of every day life. When we consider the place of technology in the classroom we must think about how we incorporate technology into learning to prepare young people for the future.
In the Future of Jobs report it is said that developments in fields such as artificial intelligence, machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology will cause disruption to business models and labour markets within the next five years.
Like it or not, social networking is part of our culture. While there are some obvious risks when it comes to social media and teenagers, there are just as many benefits.
Social networking forms a big part of the social identity of many young people.