OK~ It's no secret that I am a lover of technology. I love the fact that we have a generation of kids that have an opportunity to connect in ways we have never connected. What I don't like is the fact that we, as a society, are failing our kids when it comes to technology.
I would love to know why our schools are not focusing on educating our kids on how to use these devices from an educational point of view? I shake my head when a ten year old says, "My teacher didn't care that we were on our phones." Problem #1 is the fact that a ten year old does not need a smart phone in the class room unless it is being used for a classroom assignment.
And then I read an article on how school districts in Iowa are considering installing wi-fi on school buses. What on earth? Here in Iowa we continually cut staff, cut programs and yet we consider wi-fi for school buses. I am perplexed and I seriously wonder where our priorities are. Something tells me there won't be an adult on the bus to supervise these kids while they surf the world wide web.
I love technology and I love the fact that our kids have an opportunity to use these devices. My friend Stacey Honowitz is a twenty-two year veteran of the Florida State Attorney's Office, with seventeen years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit where is currently serving as a supervisor will be the first to tell you that parents and teachers need to be in the know. Children's sex crimes are the fastest growing crimes in America and we want to turn our kids lose with wi-fi on a school bus- seriously? And she will be the first to ask you, " Do you really need to post that photo?"
One may argue that many kids do ride the school bus for long periods of time. To the best of my knowledge there are state laws that need to be followed and maybe need to be re-evaluated. Using a $650 mini-computer, as a babysitter, for kids to have access to the world wide web on the school bus is not the answer. It could be argued that kids will be there anyway, maybe through the parent's cell phone provider.
I have a feeling that the three families that I recently dealt with in regards to vine and snapchat will be on the same page I am. I would love for one parent to show me how their child is using vine in a responsible manner, as I had a hard time finding anything good when I had to sift through these accounts for parents. And these parents wait to see where the inappropriate videos will show up on the world wide web.
We have a crisis on our hands when it comes to our kids using social media. Parents need to step up their game and be on the social media platforms their kids are using. A lot of parents will tell me, "I am on Facebook." I think to myself, So! Your kids are probably not, because you are.
For now I will wait and seriously hope our local school districts in Iowa will really dig deep to see how important wi-fi is on a school bus. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?