Here’s what you’ll expect if you ever go to these Asian countries: Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China (and definitely Western countries like the U.S., Australia, Canada):
This phenomenon is the so called Smartphone Addiction, where everyone’s holding their smartphones; can’t bear a second without ‘staring’ at it.
This video shows what the smartphone addicts do with their smartphones, particularly in Asia.
THEY LIVE WITH SMARTPHONES! (Literally)
Having watched the video and you can tell that everything’s about smartphones nowadays. They chat with smartphone, eat with smartphone, learn with smartphone, play with smartphone, and even sleep with smartphone! People can talk to someone who’s not present in your gathering and ignore those who are sitting in front of you. What kind of a world is it?
So the key question I’m asking is: Is this what we want from our children? A technology-addicted robot?
When we say we want kids to engage with ICT, I believe it’s more than just teaching them how to use the technological gadgets because we know too well about this first step. The essential part is how we move from the first step to the next.
How do we teach kids to MANAGE their use of the technology?
As mentioned in my previous post, too much information can cause problems for our immature guys. This is why we need to know the boundary and use technology more wisely. Here is an article on helping kids use technology wisely: How to Set Real World Limits Around Kids and Tech. Also, Dr. Ramey gives us some perspectives on the common mistakes parents make in directing children’s electronic life – Helping Kids Manage Their Electronic Worlds.
Hope this information gives you a bit of a guideline for kid’s technology management!