6th Feb 2017
Parents would not have been concerned about their children’s use of technology and children and young people themselves couldn’t have dreamed of the ways in which technology would form an integral part of their existence. The twentieth century’s explosion of technology has been unprecedented and it is so embedded in our daily lives, it is hard to remember a time when it did not exist.
This technological revolution has changed our lives irreversibly and many of us wonder how we ever managed without it. Most of us use a mobile phone, check email, shop via the Internet and stay connected through social networking sites. However, many adults will admit to having less knowledge about technology than their children do and certainly the way in which children and young people use technology is very different to adults.
Research has shown that a worrying number of 8 – 11yr olds do not have any parental controls online and more than a quarter of parents of children in this vulnerable age group are at risk of viewing inappropriate content. The study also showed that 24% of children access the Internet from their bedroom which means parents/carers may not always be aware of what they are doing or speaking to online. Even though Facebook has a minimum age restriction of 13yrs, a third of these 8 – 11 year olds admitted to having a Facebook account.
For this ‘Cyber Savvy’ generation, the right and ability to use technology manifests itself in a myriad of ways with young people learning, communicating, socialising and gaming through, with and because of technology. However, with rights come responsibilities and as we promote the use of technology, it is important to highlight the responsibilities that must come in tandem with these rights. Technology is easily abused and misused and if we are allowing our children use of and access to these tools, we must ensure they are able to use them safely and respectfully.
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