Mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops have become highly essential in our daily lives nowadays. Can you imagine a single day without your smartphone or tab? The fact is mobile devices have greatly made our lives easy with the use of latest digital technologies. However, all the overwhelming use of digital devices has resulted in a serious concern as most kids are now getting somewhat addicted to mobile devices. Although it can be beneficial for them to some extent as mobile learning is become widespread now, there are several other issues which we need to focus on as well. Let’s take a look….
Mobile devices making kids hostage
According to a sports charity report, it is believed that future generations of kids are in risk of getting unengaged in physical activity and being “hostages to handheld devices.” The study from the Youth Sports Trust claims that almost 25 per cent of kids consider playing computer games as a type of physical activity. The trust asked for integrating technology with Physical Education in schools.
The government claimed that it has already awarded £300 million to schools for improving sports in the institutions. Moreover, Physical Education (PE) was a top priority. The trust, based in Leicestershire, explained the establishment as an autonomous charity dedicated to improving the lives of young learners through sport. It conducted a survey on the attitudes of children towards sport. This was a part of their report regarding the future of PE & sports in schools.
March of digital technology
The survey, conducted on more than 1,000 students between the age of 5 to 16, revealed that 75 per cent of children enjoy Physical Education at school, while over 66 per cent experience a feeling of well-being after participating in sports activities. However, the survey showed the level of the challenge created by digital technology. Around 23 per cent of students reported that they felt playing computer games with friends was a type of exercise. nearly 33 per cent students claimed that they interacted with their friends more over social media than in person.
The report, titled ‘The Class of 2035: Promoting a Brighter and More Active Future for the Youth of Tomorrow‘ stated “there is no resisting” when it comes to the march of technology. It said “Policymakers can feel nostalgic for a time before the challenges new connected technologies have brought in engaging young people, or they can harness these technologies to their advantage. It will also become increasingly imperative for every child to have access to new technology in school and greater efforts made to ensure that there is little division among the tech capabilities of young people.”
The report added “Furthermore, in order to get children active from a young age, a more holistic approach to PE is needed, one which integrates technology and the delivery of a seamless, intuitive and digitally enhanced form of physical activity.”
The digital revolution
The chief executive of the Youth Sports Trust, Ali Oliver, said “The digital revolution presents opportunities and challenges with young people potential hostages to their handheld devices. This report clearly signals that action is needed now to modernise the approach to PE and school sport and in doing so, guarantee the best possible future for generations to come.”
Edward Timpson, children’s minister, said “It is pleasing that the Youth Sport Trust’s research shows that millions of young people are enjoying PE lessons. We want to encourage all young people to get into the healthy habit of playing and enjoying sport – both inside and outside school – which is why PE remains a government priority.”
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