Monday mornings at school now consist of teachers trying desperately to get pupils to pay attention. This isn’t because they are becoming more unruly; it is because they have spent all weekend playing computer games, going on social networking sites or texting their friends.
Weekends used to be a time for rest and rejuvenation – allowing children to feel ready to learn at school on Monday. Now weekends are one big distraction and ‘un-plugging’ students on a Monday morning is becoming increasingly difficult.
The internet can be an incredibly useful tool for learning, but the effect it is having in the classroom is shocking, according to Headteacher David Boddy. Capturing the attention of students has become near on impossible and teachers are relying more and more on visual aids such as interactive whiteboards.
Pupils’ understanding of the lesson is becoming superficial and they are struggling to take things in. Boddy is also worried about the effect the internet is having on young people’s ability to form relationships.
“If you think your friends are online, you’re missing the human dynamic of a real relationship. You can’t see facial expressions; can’t hear the tone of voice – all you’re dealing with is digital messages, which are usually meaningless and never meaningful. I fear that our young people are losing their ability to form relationships and strike up conversations.”
He also believes that the breakdown of the family is partially to blame. As the idea of a family dinner together disappears, young people are turning to the internet and getting lost in computer games to deal with their problems.
Having a digital addiction can affect people of all ages, if you think you could benefit from ‘un-plugging’, speaking to a hypnotherapist could help. For more information and to find a hypnotherapist in your area, please see our Internet Addiction page.
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