There was a time in high school when I found myself overwhelmed with academic and athletic demands, as many high school students do. I remember my frustration when my dad would call me out of my bedroom to spend time with the family, whether it was eating dinner, watching a movie, or playing a game. “Dad,” I whined, “I have so much homework to do, I don’t have time to just hang out and chit-chat.” So, after a few minutes of me dragging my feet, my parents would let me go back to the isolation of my bedroom and work diligently on my homework.
Are we overly-available to the rest of the world? Think for a moment. How hard is it for someone to get a hold of you? How quick are you to drop everything to respond to a text or check on an update someone sends to you through one of your social media apps? How often does this change or affect what you are doing? What about the other many forms of media we use each day? Is your day a waste if you don’t get some quality time with your media? Are we using these things to our best interest or to our detriment? I would suggest that perhaps we focus a lot on the benefits of new technologies while sometimes forgetting to weigh the cost.
Because of the growing number of mobile devices, computer games and videos available to schools, this generation of students will have an increase in motivation to learn and develop at school. Encourage your child to progress in their math games at school and in their reading on their tablets. Technology is good! Just not good for every moment of our day.