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…

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“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

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