“Just Turn Off The Computer” Argument Grows Increasingly Irrelevant

You’ve probably seen a news report highlighting how schools are moving away from using books and having students work solely on computers. It may not surprise you that more schools are requiring students turn homework in via email. Just like most if not all businesses in America, schools push to incorporate the power of the internet for efficiency in learning and communicating.

But have you considered this? Part of the push for better student communication has schools participating more and more with social media. Don’t believe me? Just look up your old school on Facebook or Twitter. It is true that social media can offer yet another facet for students to reach out to teachers whenever necessary. But why when every teacher/student has email? When part of the programming world works to design specific in house school systems?

Why would sites like Twitter & Facebook ever be considered worthwhile? Because school faculties acknowledge how technology has influenced societies worldwide, including modern day
childhoods. Schools join social media sites to push beyond being educational to being accessible. Approachable. Online schools can be “liked” and “followed” just as if it was its own entity. This is yet another way that children are encouraged to participate in online activities just as they would be to participate in extracurricular activities.

Which brings me to the confusing, but unfortunately popular argument too many people bring up to stop the occurrence of cyberbullying:

The more I hear or see this comment the more I realize it is a phrase that gives little thought to the reality children are faced with. How can anyone agree that schools push harder to incorporate the power of the internet for students and not recognize this argument grows weaker by the day? Working adults have fewer and fewer options finding a job not requiring the use of a computer – just as students will find less and less classrooms that do not work with online tools or social media. We cannot mislead ourselves into thinking children are able to avoid social pressure of using the internet. The pressure they feel comes not only from their peers but from the very teachers we trust with student’s minds and lives.

The argument “Just turn off the computer” confuses me as an adult. Especially when that same person making the careless statement is very likely to acknowledge how technology becoming a stronger backbone to our societal development. Its unnerving to imagine what that confusion does to the mind of a growing child.

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