1.Technology is always a trade-off:
While the use of technology to access the Internet and social networking sites can make life easier and offer faster and easier options to get information and to communicate, this could be to the detriment of children who rely on technology to check their spelling and typing instead of learning handwriting. The easy way out and a dependence on technology to complete basic learning tasks may hinder development of important learning opportunities. For children to develop social and verbal skills, they need to interact with others face-to-face where they can pick up on social skills, take note of body language and develop verbal language skills.
2. Technology – creates winners and losers
While advances in technology assist businesses to increase their profits by replacing humans with electronic solutions such as automated phone messages with self-help options, there is a human cost as more and more people lose their jobs and business outsource jobs to people in countries where they can pay low wages.
3. Technology: there is a powerful idea embedded in every technology
Just as children in school learn about the hidden messages behind advertising, the manipulation of the media, political agendas, and humans with loaded making money, stereotyping etc, they also need to be aware of testing the value, reliability and sincerity of the multitudes of text, images and people they can come in to contact with on the Internet. The Internet can provide vast amounts of useful and reliable information as well valuable sharing of ideas with others. On the other hand, it also opens up the full spectrum of perspectives and practices many of which are unreliable, unethical and put others at risk. Children need to learn critical and independent thinking so they are not manipulated by the prejudices and culture of the techno age.
4. Technology is ecological, not addictive.
After watching the videos where students where students seemed to be promoting online and technology-based only education at schools and universities, I asked my daughter and her friends what they would think if high school was only offered online. All of them said that this would be undesirable and they would not accept that this was a good thing. They enjoy socialising with their friends in the school community, going into the local community and joining others in social events etc. The students who participate in drama groups, the school orchestra and choir thought it would dampen their creativity if they could not perform together in actual venues and try out their ideas as they meet together and practice for social events. Though they appreciate the value and convenience of technological tools they can think for themselves and decide how they can lead a balanced life.
5. Technology tends to become mythic.
Children who have been brought up with technology in the classroom from an early age are perhaps more likely to view technological creations as if they are part of the natural order of things. These children will benefit from an understanding that technology is man-made (a tool) and its capacity to make a positive or negative difference depends on the character and agenda of the people using it (just as a knife is a cutting tool but the person wielding the knife can cut vegetables to feed people or use it to harm people). A look at history and how inventions have changed the way people live may help to give a balanced perspective. Children need to learn to question everything, think critically, b