Computers can impact on children’s ability to learn, says teaching union

The BBC is reporting that the ATL is calling for urgent action over the impact of modern technology on children’s ability to learn at school…

The Association of Teacher and Lecturers (ATL) is concerned at how long children spend on computers and digital gadgets outside school.

It said some pupils were unable to concentrate or socialise properly.

The impact of digital technology is the focus of the union’s annual regional conference in Belfast on Thursday.

Mark Langhammer of the ATL said: “We’re hearing reports of very young children who are arriving into school quite unable to concentrate or to socialise properly because they’re spending so much time on digital games or social media.

“We’d like the Department of Education to issue guidance to all parents on the maximum amount of time which young children should spend on these devices, and on how kids can use digital technology safely and sensibly.”

He said the ATL will be requesting an early meeting with the education minister to urge action.

“We readily appreciate that digital technology can have huge benefits for children,” he said.

“But there seems to be a real lack of awareness about its potential dangers, and we think the Department of Education needs to take action to make parents much more aware of the issues.”…

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  1. sanarana3

    SchoolsImprove I do think guidance would be a good thing esp.about duration of usage.I believe the culprit are the games,they are addictive

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