Today’s young people are finding that among the pressures of learning a wide range of skills and knowledge, they must also deal with the technology factor, something that has become more and more central in their life both in and outside school.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2014
eReflect has always emphasized the significance of parental involvement in a child's learning process, and in schooling more generally. In a recent blog post, the editors have given special attention to technology-based skills, the usage and limits of social media, and other tech-driven school practices. Today’s young people are finding that among the pressures of learning a wide range of skills and knowledge, they must also deal with the technology factor, something that has become more and more central in their life both in and outside school.
Children use social media regularly these days, and leave their online footprint with every post and update. Cyberbullying is omnipresent, and there’s an ongoing debate over technology’s place in education and more specifically in the classroom. For these and many other reasons, eReflect stresses the importance of technological literacy for children. Because four- and five-year-old children are now getting tablets as Christmas presents, it has become imperative that they are provided immediate and consistent education about the dangers, limits, and potentials of new technology. The intersection where education and technology meet is a good place to start, eReflect advises parents.
Children need to learn about social media etiquette and rules as much as they’re learning to spell and read. As technology shows no signs of withdrawing from all aspects of life, the sooner parents and educators embrace technology and utilize its full potential, the better equipped young children will be in making use of its infinite possibilities for learning and, ultimately, for personal success.
Above all, children need to learn that certain online activities like posts in forums, or pictures in social media, might be non-deletable, so they should be careful when posting controversial content online that could potentially harm their career prospects and social life, both now and in the future.
Education starts at home, so parents need to educate first themselves and then their children on social media, the Internet, and today's technological devices in order to ensure children are knowledgeable and effective users of these powerful tools. Technologically literate children can make mature and informed choices over what to post online, how to talk when anonymity protects them, and what to do to keep themselves safe online. Once children learn how to properly and constructively use technology, their learning and education will be bolstered.
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