Join JustParents to ask for advice and make new friends! It only takes 60 seconds. Join for free


posted 1 decade 6 years ago

My name is Nicki! I'm 21 and in my final year of university completing a business degree! My dissertation for business consultancy and research requires me to investigate a certain area. My brief is as follows:

What are the main concerns/approvals, of the use of wi-fi and other technologies in secondary schools?

Being parents, you are one of the key stakeholders to ask this question to!

I would be so grateful if anyone could leave me a few comments, or if you have an opinion just let me know what you think please :-)

It would also be fantastic, but not necessary, if you could mention what county/area you are from, and whether you are thinking of the implications in terms of primary aged, or secondary aged, or both kinds of children!

I am also putting this message onto the discussion board - so if any of you parents would take part - you would be helping me so much!

Have a great day!!

Kind Regards,

Nicki :-)

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
i think teaching children the use of everyday technology is brilliant as its a part of everyday life now isnt it! and as our childrens grow up - technology is becoming more and more advanced, allowing our children to advance more in their learning, skills and to widen their future options - be it career wise or everyday life.

i imagine that sometime pretty close in the future kids will no longer be bringing reading books home - but laptops!

so far wifi only allows us in certain areas - ie. around the home, or maybe paying for the use of wifi in a bar/cafe - in the future we will possible be able to access our home connection from anywhere in the world via our very own individual satelite (that way our kids can never get out of homewrkn as they would be able to access it from anywhere!! - wifi may even be used in a way to track our kids for their own safety (i dunno - maybe if at birth they were chipped or something - lol!!!)

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

posted 1 decade 6 years ago

I'm in the UK and have three kids. 10, 5 and 4.

I think that they need as much exposure to technology as possible in school as it is now an everyday part of life. They need to understand and appreciate it for what it is, the good and the bad.

As far as wi-fi goes, I expect that we will see the same arguments about it as mobile phone technology, where everybody asks is it safe? There has been no real proof that mobile phones cause any problems and so I think we should continue using it, as it makes everything easier. However, in a school environment where they are probably using PC's at school wi-fi seems a little pointless, unless you are expecting kids to bring laptops to school and sit there at break time surfing the web or something. To be honest I think that would be stupid or wrong. We have enough problems with overweight children or children not wanting to do any exercise that this sort of thing would just make that worse.

It has its places and uses, and these are just a few of my thoughts. I work with computers day in day out BTW.

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Thank you for your responses ladies - much appreciated!

In terms of the use of wi-fi we were thinking along the lines of including interactive white boards, and things like that, not just the use of pdas, and desktop machines.

What do you think of the health issues surrounding the use of wi-fi? What have you heard etc etc

I'm just trying to get a general idea!

I really appreciate your comments though - keep them coming!

With kind thanks,

Nicki :-)

AlexAlex Moderator
posted 1 decade 6 years ago
cant help with the secondary but teaching primary children and seeing the benefits they get from an IWB I think it is great and so beneficial to the children, especially those who need some extra assistance, there is so much software about to help them and a little bit extra teacher time in preparing can keep the child going for ages!!.

Also technology is a part of every day life and kids need to be exposed to it now so they understand it in later life.

I have never heard of any real health issues (a little bit of common sense and I think you will be fine)

Join JustParents for free to reply


Questions needing your answer

Latest Reviews