Technology, the blessing, and the curse has often been criticized for corrupting and counterfeiting the current generation. You often hear terms like “children have become zombies with cell phones and tablets.”
While this may be true to some extent, we have become very short-sighted, and our definition of technology is often largely limited to social media, games, and the use of mobile phones and laptops. Every coin always has two sides. Like it or not, technology is here to stay, and it cannot be wished away. In fact, it is moving at a much faster rate than we can keep up with.
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we are robbing our children of tomorrow.”
Given our current situation, what can we do best in such times?
Here are some real-life examples of how technology is being used. Some of these could be very important skills for our kids in the future.
Being in touch, bridging geographical distances: is undeniably a blessing of technology. From the days of one landline and trunk calls, today, we can connect to all our family members with one tap. With digital growth, we have also become part of a reality where, for various reasons, we are no longer as close (geographically) as we used to be with our immediate family and extended relatives. Technology (video calls, phone calls) can be a boon to rekindle that feeling. With just a few safe basic apps and a limited number of contacts, the child can interact with their cousins, uncles, aunts, and, most importantly, grandparents.
Training the mind:
Yes, you read that right. Word games, puzzles, logic-based games, and reasoning-based games are also available online. One doesn’t have to associate “gaming” with just PUBG and Candy Crush. There are a lot of content providers and game makers who make good, fun, clean games that help people exercise their minds and improve their skills.
While the right hemisphere is taken care of, quite a few tools also help express the creative left hemisphere. Apps or devices that allow the child to draw, paint, make movies, take notes with voices, and practice these options help the child relax and focus on other tasks.
Using apps for science and research:
Many schools now send their “homework” through apps. Assignments, exam prep, study tips, and even work submissions are available through apps. At such times, one cannot shy away from technology, and certainly, a basic understanding of how to use devices and how not to misuse them goes a long way toward helping children cope with such academic needs.
Learning new skills, being future-proof
We, as parents, do everything we can to choose the right school for our children. But there are always many avenues beyond traditional education in the school building. There are many courses that children can learn online that the child may be interested in or are not an integral part of the school curriculum and may prove useful in the future. Information about how to do things like this is often easier to find online if there aren’t enough teachers in the same room.
There are quite a few devices for kids of all age groups, especially wearables, that can be useful and informative. These technological tools add a layer of security, from simple fitness trackers to smartwatches with GPS that help parents communicate and monitor their child’s condition.
To Become Responsible Digital Citizens:
Finally, and most importantly, just as civic responsibility is important, there are some basic etiquettes, some roles and responsibilities of a digital citizen (or a netizen, as it is often called). The right training from an early age can help develop a safer and more productive future for the technology. We must teach our children to be netizens who “respect, educate, and protect” online.
While these are just a few helpful tips that can help you better use technology, you should always remember that technology is a double-edged sword. We, as parents, should at no time be on our guard and allow unrestricted and unsupervised use of these devices. Nor should they be used as a substitute for good parenting and effective parent-child interaction and education. There’s not anything human.
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