“Kids learn by watching and participating, and if parents aren‘t engaging with their children, then the young ones could start to lose their social role models.” (Text A, l. 37-39)
the quote and discuss
the importance of adults as role models for children regarding modern media usage. Refer to the article and your knowledge about the issue.
In dieser Aufgabe sollst du erklären, was mit dem Zitat ausgedrückt werden soll. Außerdem sollst du diskutieren, inwieweit die Rolle der Eltern für ihre Kinder bei der Benutzung von modernen Medien wichtig ist. Beachte dabei welche Vorschläge der Text hierzu macht. Bringe jedoch auch dein eigenes Wissen zu dem Thema ein.
The quote states that it is very important for children and human beings in general to communicate with each other. This communication should not be via smartphones, but face to face. A normal communication is especially for children and their social development important because through the practice of conversations they learn how to read social cues, to identify emotions, categorise situations and respond to all of these things appropriately. The conversations children lead are often with their family, parents and here is the problem in hand. If there are no or only a few conversations within the family then the kids will not acquire social skills that are essential for life and the interaction between people. If parents use their electronic devices too often while being with their children, their quality of time is heavily influenced and they do not have the chance of learning new things. However useful and interesting a smartphone, for example, can be, parents should always think of their kids first. Otherwise they are likely to miss the first word, the first step or the first argumentation. Furthermore, parents should not only be social role models and help their children to gain social skills, but they are also role models concerning the use of modern media. If an excessive over use of electronic gadgets in every life situation is what most of the kids today see and learn through their parents, then they will not be able to use modern media in an appropriate way later. All in all it can be said that it is important that we rethink our usage of electronic devices today in order to shape tomorrow’s generation.
the guidelines for smartphone usage within families, as suggested in the article, to similar rules in schools. Assess
their usefulness and potential problems in carrying them out.
In dieser Aufgabe sollst du zuerst die Richtlinien für die Verwendung von Smartphones innerhalb von Familien, wie in dem Artikel genannt, mit ähnlichen Regeln in der Schule vergleichen. Danach sollst du die Nützlichkeit und mögliche Probleme bei der Umsetzung der Regeln bewerten.
The excerpt from the article “Don’t Text While Parenting – It Will Make You Cranky” written and published by Alice Park in TIME in 2014 deals with the smartphone use of parents and its consequences.
The article displays some guidelines for smartphone usage within families, such as setting the devices during specific times aside. Families can establish specific time frames in which electronic gadgets such as smartphones are not allowed. Therefore children have to use their fantasy in order to play or they can talk to their siblings, to their parents and friends. Especially while meal time it is recommended that a family sits together at the dining table and talks to each other, for example about their day or their plans for the upcoming days. The guidelines suggest not only device-free times, but also places in the house, such as dining room, kitchen, bathroom or garden. At these places the people living in the house are not allowed to use any kind of electronic device, which can be very helpful in order to conduct any kind of conversation.
These guidelines can be compared to some similar rules in school. Generally smartphones and other devices are not allowed while class. Furthermore, students are not allowed to walk around in school with an enabled mobile phone, for example. Pupils can carry these devices with them in order to use them in case of emergency, but they are not allowed to use them between classes or in breaks.
Although these rules already exist in schools, students often use their devices in breaks, in the schoolyard or sometimes also in class. It is proven that if something is prohibited, the prohibition itself makes the circumstance interesting for people. That is why pupils try to test their teachers by using the devices all over the school. Establishing device-free zones or times at home can remind children of school, which then could be very difficult.
Nevertheless some guidelines and rules should also be established at home, such as no smartphones at the dining table. Otherwise children will lose their social skills and will not be able to conduct a conversation with other people in another context.
You have been invited to a youth media conference on the topic of ‘Disconnecting in the age of connectivity’. Write the opening speech
in which you comment
on the author’s vision of “a generation of people who text each other while sitting at the same table” (Text A, l. 39-40)
In dieser Aufgabe sollst du die Eröffnungsrede zu einer medialen Jugendkonferenz schreiben und darin auf die Aussage des Autors (siehe Zitat) eingehen und diese kommentieren.
Today everything is fast. We have fast means of transportation, fast food, fast internet and fast communication. We don’t have to be patient anymore. We don’t have to wait. We can access any kind of information as fast as we want. Sometimes we don’t even have to think because Google is just one click away, isn’t it?
This is our world today. Faster than it has never been before. But where is the sense in that? Let me exaggerate things. Where is the time in this world concept? Where is time for friends, family, conversations and happy moments? Where is our quality time if everything around us is simply fast? This speech is not supposed to tell you all to throw away your electronic devices and live a life our ancestors lived. This speech only wants to set you thinking about the time we live in. All these devices we carry around, they are supposed to help, to support us and to make our lives easier. Communication is faster than it has ever been, but can we compare a short chat via Whatsapp to a conversation face to face? We are walking around with our smartphones in our hands catching Pokémon. We are interested in another world, in a virtual one and through this interest we lose our connection to the real world. I often walk through the streets of my city and I recognize that there are so many people, not only younger ones, but also adults, that are sitting opposite each other at a table in a restaurant waiting for their meal and scrolling through their smartphones. Sometimes they show each other one funny video or meme, but is this communication anymore? Shouldn’t we stop for just one second, look around us and enjoy the present moment? I think we should because you’ll never know how long you are supposed to be in this present moment!
Thank you for your attention.