With the development of technology in the world it is often found that society struggles to keep up with ongoing releases of the latest gadgets.
Recently I attended a debate on the use of iPads in schools, where they discussed the pros and cons of such technology being used by children and teenagers. After filling the schools of Thailand it didn’t take long for Apple to reach out to our own institutes. Over the past year they have changed their market from university students to the ones in secondary schools, providing many with their very own iPad.
Education is one of this country’s primary units in a child’s development but our beloved teachers appear to be being replaced by this new phenomenon.
There appear to be a lot of benefits for this new craze, including making it manageable for children to learn at their own pace. It gives the option for the members of a class to make their own way through a curriculum and provides different apps to aid their progress. It also provides anonymity when asking questions as they can be sent straight to the teacher’s own device, and then they can address the situation. This takes out the humiliation of not knowing an answer and could decrease bullying.
However on the other side of the argument, it could increase cyber bullying, and having the internet at a child’s fingertips could have dangerous consequences. With it already on the up rise it could allow the anonymity to amplify victimisation.
Computers already play a large part of childhood today, with most people having at least one in the family home; owning an iPad would only add to the amount of time spent in front of the screen. We end up having to ask ourselves; is this really what we want our children to inherit?