The difficulty for children right now is that they are growing up in an age of technology. The good news for these children is... also... that they are growing up in an age of technology.
Before you decide that I have lost my mind, allow me to clarify. I would argue that these students will be the most educated and aware about the potential risks associated with technology use. They will actually become the smartest users of technology so far. I would further argue that it is instead older generations, who grew up without personal devices, that need to learn the lesson.
What became the interesting turn in the conversation was not their own use, but the use of the adults in their homes. I realise this is crossing into dangerous territory, but interesting nevertheless. The comments had me floored:
The Problem for Schools
There is no doubt in my mind that a device can be empowering and transformative in the classroom. My professional passion centres around ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve the outcomes for our learners. To me, that is the best use of a device. BUT, it is not the only way devices are being used. It is important to consider that students don't stop using their device once they go home and that they are entitled to down time.