Recently I came across a youth who was experiencing a bit of an issue with his tablet. However, there wasn’t an issue with the tablet itself, there was more an issue with the youth, and how attached he was to his device. On a daily basis, the boy would wake up in the morning and stare at his device over a bowl of cereal. The device would then accompany him everywhere he went. He would take his device to use in such places as the washroom, and even school where he would often be found texting during class time. When he wasn’t at school, he would be at home where he would be spending endless amounts of time in front of the screen. Does this sound familiar?
Several studies around the world have identified a rising concern around the amount of young people who are being increasingly more attached to their devices. Studies by researchers such as Dr. Hisao Lshii found that 1 in 4 children between the ages of five to sixteen own a cell phone and most commonly use it to make phone calls, and to send millions of text messages to friends each day.
According to a recent survey by Time Magazine, 1 in 4 people check their devices every thirty minutes on a daily basis, while 1 in 5 people will check their devices every ten minutes.
In 1945 Children were learning to build Bird Houses in schools. During this time children also learned cursive writing along with other basic skills. Sadly, in today’s school system, children are learning more through technology and less through traditional methods. Methods that involved learning to paint on isles and not on Ipads, and to construct things other then what one would find in games like minecraft.
At We Did It! our objective is to implement a more traditional approach to learning by incorporating innovative and educational activities within our programming. Activities that can be found in our school-age programming which targets children between the ages of 7-12, as well as our adolescent workshops that feature opportunities for children as young as seven and as old as eighteen.
By exposing children to opportunities today, we are helping them unleash their potential for tomorrow.