21ST CEN­TURY DILEMMA

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - ALLEN

Most chil­dren to­day have their own gadget, be it a cell­phone or com­puter or both, and be­cause of to­day’s tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances, ac­cess to the In­ter­net is now mo­bile. It can be eas­ily ac­cessed through the use of smart­phones.

The youth to­day have ac­cess to many sites on the in­ter­net through their smart­phones but what they pre­fer to use most are the pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia sites like Face­book, Mes­sen­ger, Twit­ter, Youtube, In­sta­gram, and TikTok where they can so­cial­ize with oth­ers, send instant mes­sages, share pho­tos, and watch or send videos.

With these kinds of fea­tures in to­day's gad­gets, many of our youth are ad­dicted to us­ing their cell­phones. Ob­serve them on a week­end and you can find them glued in front of their screen from morn­ing un­til night.

Al­low­ing chil­dren to bring their own gad­gets to school can be a bad idea. Why? See what was writ­ten above. The youth to­day can be eas­ily dis­tracted on the apps on their cell­phones. Lessons and dis­cus­sion can be eas­ily dis­rupted be­cause of a pupil us­ing a cell­phone and does not pay at­ten­tion to the class. Also, pupils form lower grades are just start­ing to learn how to keep their be­long­ings prop­erly and gad­gets can be eas­ily lost or stolen.

To­day, the lessons we ex­pe­ri­ence are in­te­grated with tech­nol­ogy and it is slowly be­com­ing im­pos­si­ble to live with­out the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. But, the use of this tech­nol­ogy in­side schools should be con­trolled and should al­ways be geared for learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, not just for pure, per­sonal fun.

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