DO KIDS REALLY NEED GADGETS?
This year, we started a No Gadget Hour campaign, and we’re eager to find out what kids really think about gadgets. Here’s what our kid editors had to say…
“Is a phone a necessity???? Oh, definitely!!! It’s necessary for calling someone (in our case, every time we need to use the phone, it’s an emergency). We have a lot of classes to attend. Therefore, updating our mum of our whereabouts is crucial.” – Zahra & Alia
These are some reasons for kids to not have phones:
Having to deal with trolls on their social media Not able to ignore and deal with rude comments Accepting friend requests of people they don’t know on their social media Getting weird messages from unknown people Friends can also threaten to expose private conversations you have by taking a screenshot of it and posting it on their social media. – Skyler
“Technology has boosted the quality of our lives. The world is witnessing rapid development and vast dissemination of knowledge. And, vital to mention here… absolute convenience! Gadgets have helped me to become a global citizen, and they’ve helped people from all corners of the world communicate effectively. It is also an important tool in helping nonverbal individuals to communicate!
As a student who has a tight schedule, having a handphone does not only make my time management efficient via calendar and reminder apps, it is potentially life saving should an emergency happen!
I personally feel that any setbacks from using a gadget are heavily dependent on the user and the system that controls them. Is it good for a child? A big yes! But parents need to assess the maturity of the child and guide them in exploiting the gadget in a positive way! Remember: it is not the gadget but the user.” – Serena “I think kids do deserve gadgets, as long as they use them well and know how to take responsibility for them. I think older kids do need gadgets, as a source of entertainment, research and most importantly, communication. In my opinion, the only thing that should be stopping kids from using them at times is to prevent them from breaking contact with their loved ones.” – Louise “Yes, I need a phone so that I can listen to the songs that I like. I can also go online to look up funny videos, and useful videos on how to make slime. Oh, yes, I can also chat with my friends. It would be good if I could have a phone now. I know that my parents are worried I would go to inappropriate sites and that I would be addicted to being online, but they can take away the phone if that happens and I will be able to survive.” – Joelle