Ever since the dawn of time, children have always wanted the latest “big thing” whether it be (from my day) a Nokia 3210 or a Playstation to modern day where the phone has upgraded to the iPhone 7 or the latest iPad.
In my teenage years the internet was only just catching on. By dialling in with that god awful noise you had to sign off if someone needed to use the landline. I remember being less than ten years old and finding porn sites with my friend that didn’t require card details to see graphic pictures as Google wasn’t that huge and the biggest search engine was Yahoo (which was crappy). Nowadays, businesses have realised that to only show these graphic pictures once payment or membership has been received is a goldmine for them.
I spent my IT lessons with my friends searching the web for pages that let us type in ringtones of “Stan” by Eminem as technology hadn’t evolved to where you could add music to your phone, and also going onto random chatrooms talking to boys who could actually be grown men waiting to catch young naive girls off guard.
My nieces first phone was an iPhone (second hand from her dad) whereas mine was a Siemens brick where “Old McDonald Farm” was the only half decent ringtone and to text hello to someone you achieved a workout for your fingers by pressing hundreds of buttons.
The problem I have found is that with technology increasing in everyday life, the demands for using such technology on a day to day basis increases. When was the last time you wrote a letter? Companies are using live chat more regularly rather than having call centres. iPads and iPhones are taking over computers also. Who uses a PC and other than for rare occasions, who uses a laptop either??
I worry that the demand for technology will mean that it is detrimental to our children’s handwriting, their knowledge will be limited due to the access to google within seconds. I read on a recent blog post (if you know which one please forward details so I can credit) that children in the first years of school are getting IT lessons and even younger yet, at nursery!!!
What happened to the old fashioned flash cards and watching programmes with a glowing pencil telling us how to write a single letter “round, down and flick” instead it is replaced with a lazy generation ahead of us.
I’m all for technology if it brings new advances and helps lives, however I’m against it making the next generation lazy.
What are your thoughts?