- Created: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 19:28
I read a story a while ago of a public school in Sydney that was requiring all parents to provide an iPad for their kids at kindergarten. One parent objected noting that ‘iPads are not educationally proven – we think our kids should get concrete learning in writing and the basics throughout the whole of primary school’. However, by far the biggest concern for me would be the difficulty in protecting such young children who really are just starting to negotiate the world of real friendships, from the precarious and often narcisstic world of social media.
When it comes to teenagers, kids starting high school in Australia, you begin to realise that even if you want to say ‘no’ and shut down all access to social media, it’s actually quite impractical. You see, all their peers are on to it and they’re all organising stuff without your child. It’s not that friends are being deliberately mean spirited and leaving your child out. More likely it’s just practical; your child’s not on Skype or Instagram or whatever, so they miss out on being invited out for the movie on Saturday. Other times they might miss an update about an assignment or a last minute detail about an excursion; all easily answered in social media, but if you’re not on it, you’re out of the loop and miss the update.