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Children who own mobile phones at age nine ‘perform less well’ in academic tests. #edchatie

This must be one of those headlines that anyone with an pre-disposed agenda will be delighted with to back up their argument. The Daily Mail will no doubt plaster it on their front page in line with their baffling campaign to stop young people using mobile devices. Others will use it to prove that technology has a detrimental effect on education. Some will even use it to justify why they bought their child a smartphone when they turned nine.

For what it’s worth, I wonder whether the two pieces of data can be correlated in isolation. To me, it is obvious that buying my child a Smartphone at the age of nine would be detrimental. However, from the amount of advertisements I saw promoting a Smartphone as a good Communion present, I suspect that it isn’t obvious to everyone. We then have to look into what are the children actually doing on these devices. I imagine having this data would be much more important. If a child was doing educational stuff on their device as opposed to snapchatting selfies, I would guess the outcomes might be different.

Children need to use technology well as early as possible. Using anything badly will have detrimental effects. Rather than blaming the tool, it’s time to examine what the tool can do, both good and bad, and then make proper well-research judgments.

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Children who own mobile phones at age nine perform less well in academic tests. #edchatie

This must be one of those headlines that anyone with an pre-disposed agenda will be delighted with to back up their argument. The Daily Mail will no doubt plaster it on their front page in line with their baffling campaign to stop young people using mobile devices. Others will use it to prove that technology has a detrimental effect on education. Some will even use it to justify why they bought their child a smartphone when they turned nine.

For what its worth, I wonder whether the two pieces of data can be correlated in isolation. To me, it is obvious that buying my child a Smartphone at the age of nine would be detrimental. However, from the amount of advertisements I saw promoting a Smartphone as a good Communion present, I suspect that it isnt obvious to everyone. We then have to look into what are the children actually doing on these devices. I imagine having this data would be much more important. If a child was doing educational stuff on their device as opposed to snapchatting selfies, I would guess the outcomes might be different. 

Children need to use technology well as early as possible. Using anything badly will have detrimental effects. Rather than blaming the tool, its time to examine what the tool can do, both good and bad, and then make proper well-research judgments.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/children-who-own-mobile-phones-at-age-nine-perform-less-well-in-academic-tests-1.3758724

 

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I am sure that the schools are to blame!

The degree of difference is tiny – just 4%. Can we really attribute cause to such a small difference?

3 days ago

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Assistant General Secretary job is up for grabs. Anyone know what happened? #edchatie See MoreSee Less

Assistant General Secretary job is up for grabs. Anyone know what happened? #edchatie

 

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Retirement, probably.

Maybe the person has principles, was fed up of the Union's complicity in the destruction of the education system & John Boyle's election as GS was the last straw? Just a guess.....๐Ÿค”

The fact she didn't get the main job?

Isn't Anne McAlduff retiring?

Changing of the guard.....

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6 days ago

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This looks interesting and much needed #edchatieAre you interested in intercultural education? Book now for this free conference at DCU See MoreSee Less

This looks interesting and much needed #edchatie

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