Once again coming into last Tuesday’s debates I was heavily leaning towards one side of the debate, and once again I was swayed and pulled somewhere near the middle. Both debate groups did on excellent job of presenting current and powerful information to help support their ideas in this debate. Debate number 3’s topic being “Technology is making our kids unhealthy. Agree or Disagree?
Agree with the Agree
Coming into this debate I strongly felt that technology had become a negative impact on our students health and wellbeing. As a teacher of grade 7 and 8 students I have grown leery of asking the question “what did you do all weekend?” because I was constantly getting the same answer, “played video games all weekend.” I was beginning to believe that technology was robbing our students of healthy opportunities to get outside and be active. Being active and involved in sports growing up, I have always found it interesting how students would rather play sports video games then call up friends and organize outdoor sports for themselves. I have a classroom full of boys who love basketball, but would rather play NBA 2k16 then go out and play for themselves.
On top of the video games creating a negative impact on students wellbeing, Social media and cell phones are also having a negative impact. Not only are they creating an environment where student’s time is being drained, but it also has an impact on their psychological wellbeing. In a video posted by the agree side, Five Crazy Ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain Right Now, it explains how social media can have the same effects on your brain as drugs. This addiction results in the need to be followed or follow others on social media.
Also, in today’s society technology is being treated as a babysitter. In some instances parents will use technology as a distraction to keep their child entertained or busy. Often when at a restaurant, instead of conversations being held at the table, they are replaced by everyone looking at their cellphones or tablets. This will and does have an impact on social interaction and a child’s ability to properly engage in conversation with peers.
The Disagree side had some great insights
Like I mentioned earlier I strongly felt that technology was having a negative impact on our students wellbeing. That was until the disagree team convinced me that technology does have its positive impacts on health and wellbeing. Once again I was found treading water somewhere in the middle on this topic. The argument that got me the most was the idea of how technology has increased life expectancy greatly and offered modern medicine more readily to those who need it. Without technology we would not have advanced so far in medicine.
Another idea that I truly felt was a benefit to the disagree side was that technology was not making our kids unhealthy, but the misuse of technology was. There is an infinite amount of technology out there that is designed to increase mental wellbeing and healthy life styles. The first that pops into my mind is the fitbit watches. Not only do they monitor how active you are in a day, but encourage you to become more active. Also, there are many tools that can be used in the classroom that encourage classes to be active and healthy.
Somewhere in the Middle
Although coming into the debate I was strongly favoring the agree side of the debate, towards the end I was somewhere near the middle. Like everything, technology can be meant for a positive purpose, but if misused and overused it will have a negative impact on our children’s wellbeing. Tuesdays debates were great and gave me a lot of things to think about moving forward in my classroom and life.