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Makenna Nicholson is a fifth-grader at Pinewood Elementary

Technology has its drawbacks

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Makenna Nicholson
Makenna Nicholson

Being a kid in today's world brings challenges that our parents never had to face. Although we have the benefit of growing up with computer and technology skills, I believe we will face many challenges in the future because of it.

One thing I have noticed is when I leave school, I am still very much connected with my friends. With things like cellphones, online games and social networks like Facebook, my friends are always a click away. Although it is fun to constantly be connected with friends and classmates, there are some disadvantages, too. The first that comes to mind is being consumed with my friends while I am at home means that I am less connected with my family. The same could be said for parents who are always texting and posting on Facebook. Because of this, I believe this has made family bonds weaker than they used to be.

With our virtual world at our fingertips, it is harder to escape peer pressure because peer pressure follows us everywhere we go. To make matters worse, cyber-bullying is another growing problem. Gossip and teasing never end because of all the ways we interact with our peers.

On any given day, my brother will turn on video games and play online with his friends. He would play all day if my parents let him. At the same time, I see on my Facebook page many people, young and old, who update their status several times a day. It is as if they are always on.

There is no denying kids today are going to be smarter than our parents when it comes to technology. I think we need to be careful about using too much of a good thing. Our virtual interactions increase peer pressure, cause kids to spend too much time online and prevent being active and getting the exercise we need.

The scariest part of all of this is it seems to be getting worse, not better. I think adults need to lead by example and show children how to enjoy these things in moderation. If they don't, our generation could be the first to prefer a virtual world instead of the real world.

 
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