View Full Version : Modern Children Live in Technological 'Prisons'

Frozen Ash
Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Many children are living in a "prison-like environment" surrounded by technology, the chairman of the Independent Schools Association warns.

John Gibson says such experience does not prepare children for adult life and schools should challenge this.

Playing conkers and mending bikes helped children in later life, he told the ISA's annual conference.

Recent research suggests five to 16-year-olds are spending up to six hours a day online or watching television.

Mr Gibson, who is head of Stoke College in Suffolk, said "playing out" as a child and taking part in activities such as putting an oily chain back on a bike, or playing conkers, exposed children to emotions such as disappointment which would prepare them for adulthood.

In his speech to the conference, he said: "When your life is lived through images constructed by a technical genius from Silicon Valley played on a high definition screen I just feel it will be more difficult to experience those important rehearsals for adult life".

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8049610.stm

Gibson goes on to say that "today's prison-house is just as likely to be the home, a seductive, comfortable prison for boys and girls whose nimble fingers are adept at working their mobiles and computer games".

This reminds me of the "Kids Need Adventure To Develop As Individuals" article from Corrupt: http://www.corrupt.org/news/kids_need_adventure_to_develop_as_indivi duals

Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 05:02 PM
This man, of an older generation, is worried that it will not prepare them for current adult life. What he is not taking into account is that these children will one day run the world, and in the way that they run it, the skills he is speaking of will not be as useful as technological skills. The world is changing rapidly, as it has for over a hundred years now.

Every generation, the older crowd worries about how the children will cope with modern life, and every generation creates a different version of modern life. In a rapidly changing culture, it is only natural to worry, but the swiftly developing atmosphere these children grow into is the reason that they really shouldn't be worried. The children will not be attempting to adapt to modern society, they will be creating modern society.

Cultural change is scary, but it is a fact of the modern world.