Education and technology can work well together. Today there are pros and cons to using mobile phone technology to help kids learn.
Some teachers and parents favor the use of mobile phones in school. These schools find positive ways to help kids learn on these portable devices. A few teachers are experimenting with how to incorporate the devices into the instructional day. These teachers support the idea of education and technology in school.
Many traditional educators and some parents don’t like the use of mobile phone technology in school. They have a different idea of how education and technology should be taught in school. These individuals think that mobile phones are more of a distraction than they are an asset to student learning. Many school districts have rules in place about students using mobile phones in class. Some educators believe mobile phones should be banned from school altogether.
Most parents allow their children to take their devices to school to communicate with parents and peers. Younger children and tweens may text their parents during the day. Some schools permit students to text their parents during lunch, before and after school.
Many parents are glad they can read text messages from their children while they are in school. Kids can text their parents when they have after school activities. Parents will know what time to pick up their kids from school. Parents like to know the whereabouts of their children when they are out having fun with their friends at the mall or at other places.
Mobile phone text messages help kids communicate with other kids. Nathan Freier, Ph.D. is a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He discovered that texting, IMing and e-mailing help kids cope with the awkwardness of communication with other kids their age. His study findings explain, “Short text messages relieve kids of the anxiety of embarrassment while attempting to interact with others.”
Kids already use mobile phones at home. According to industry research, 61 percent of kids worldwide use mobile phones. These kids are between the ages of 3 and 11. Around 22 percent of kids between the ages of 6 to 9 own a mobile phone supplied to them by their parents.
Kids between the ages of 8 and 13 connect with their peers through education and technology. Pokemon Go is a social game for mobile phones. Kids can have fun interacting with other kids while playing this game. However, parents should talk to their kids about the hazards of the game. Kids should be aware of their surroundings and avoid trespassing on other people's property. Some parents are worried that Snapchat's new Snap Map feature poses a danger to their children.