The first ever generation raised on screens – known as Screenagers – is about to enter High School and there seems to exist some trepidation that too much device time hasn’t helped kids. Sold to adults as the innovative way kids learn, these devices haven’t been used to improve their education, rather they’ve been used for socialising and watching cat videos. Apart from a person with only one ounce of common sense, who didn’t see this as a problem?
Thanks to devices the following problems have risen: bullying, sleep disruption, self-esteem issues, gaming and device addiction, attachment disorders, sexting, porn addiction, and youth suicide. But, on the upside, at least anxious parents are able to contact their kids 24/7.
And now these kids, who are used to staring at screens and not actually talking to other humans, are about to enter High School were social skills and paying attention to real humans talking matters.
“Maybe letting our kids stare at screens four hours a day was a bad idea,” said parent, Nota Givingattention (42). “But, it sure did distract them giving us parents a break from raising them.”
If Australian schools follow France and ban mobile phones, we’ll have an entire generation who will be unable to talk to people without text and email, as well as unable to listen to their teachers because they’re used to watching tutorials on YouTube.
That’s all okay though, at least their parents will be able to contact their kids – while they’re not paying attention in class – at any given moment.