Digital technology is described as the electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data; technologies used to communicate and access information. Popular examples of these include social media, digital software and mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
It is essential that students are comfortable using digital technology. Though we are living in an increasingly digital society, not every young person is properly equipped for it. Research from the Foundation of Young Australians found that around one in four 15-year-olds in Australia demonstrate low proficiency in digital literacy, whereas the demand for digital skills have already increased by over 200 percent in the past three years.
At Trinity, we feel it is important that we raise individuals who can confidently and creatively utilise technology to meet the demands of learning and life. We understand the role of media in a child's development. Our students are digitally literate and at the forefront of the latest technology advances. Academics suggest that when combined with lateral thinking, innovation, problem-solving, collaboration and entrepreneurial skills, young people who are digitally literate are more equipped to flourish in the future.
Technology pervades every area of our modern lives – in the workplace, the arts, sport, and even in schools. Increasingly, we are seeing greater use of technology in the classroom to enhance teaching practices and contribute positively to learning outcomes. When used effectively, technology can improve the quality of learning by engaging students in new ways, creating opportunities for collaboration and preparing students for life in a digital world after school.
The benefits of technology in classrooms are significant. Technology helps to better meet the need of students and teachers. Whether students are visual or auditory learners, technology can cater for each learning style and offers students an outlet to express their creativity. These tools empower students to be active learners, take ownership of their own learning and explore learning beyond the classroom.
While there are positive and negative effects of technology on child development, educational apps for kids are certainly one of the great benefits of technological advances. The value of educational apps is apparent through the ability to support the learning of children at all stages of their education journey. For younger boys, apps can be used to help achieve key learning milestones such as learning to recognise letters and beginning to count. Developing a child’s literacy begins at a young age, with him learning how to speak, listen, read, understand, watch, draw and write. While shared activities like reading together are effective, vocabulary games and apps can also supplement learning.
A number of critics believe that literacy amongst primary-aged children has reached crisis point, with Kindergarten children starting school less prepared than ever before. Literacy games for kids can be the catalyst to helping children become confident speakers, readers and spellers.
Technology can also have a profound impact on children with learning disabilities. Discover some of the best apps for students with dyslexia, which will help them to learn, read, write, present and stay organised. From games for young children to educational apps for teenagers, there many online tools that will benefit your son’s learning.
Social media is an enjoyable and helpful tool that enables boys to stay in touch with family and friends. Some of the positive effects of social media on teenagers is that it promotes social connection, enhances globalisation, entertains and educates, and provides a creative outlet. But on the other hand, there is a potential for cyberbullying, it creates a platform for predators, and can be addictive and distracting. As parents, it’s important that you help your child to understand the pros and cons of social media.
To promote healthy social media use, we recommend implementing social media guidelines for your family. Practical applications to encourage a healthy relationship between kids and social media include ensuring strong privacy settings, teaching your child about the danger of ‘friending’ strangers and restricting the time they’re allowed to spend on social media.
In a time where “cyber bullying, harassment and online safety is the number one issue compromising the safety of kids in schools at the moment,” it is important to raise boys who are smart and safe online. Today’s children are exposed to a vast array of content, which is not always appropriate, as well having the ability to communicate with people around the world. Technology can affect children’s behaviour, and as parents you need to be aware of its impact.
Online safety is a priority at Trinity. Through Safer Internet Week, we seek to empower our students to be responsible online users. However, we understand that a combined effort with families is required to protect cyber safety. Parents must be responsible for monitoring online use, clarifying the risks, setting clear rules, limiting screen time and enforcing good morals in order to keep children cyber safe at home.