‘Text talk’ comes through in exams >>blurb

2017-03-28 06:03
 Photos: Kalisha NaickerChildren spend more time on digital devices and less time on proper verbal communication.

Photos: Kalisha NaickerChildren spend more time on digital devices and less time on proper verbal communication.

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FROM the age of two, toddlers are swiping iPad screens or cell phones, gurgling at images. At four they can choose songs that they want to listen to or videos they want to watch.
At six they can type messages and download the latest games. When they reach the teens, they demand the latest gadgets and verbal communication has declined significantly.

Although parents feel their children have lost all sense of face-to-face communication and texting has taken over, who is to blame for this behaviour?

A KwaDabeka parent Nosiviwe Dlamini said her child is only nine-years-old and knows her way around a cellphone. “I always made sure that I don’t text in front of my child but I was surprised the other day when I caught her browsing through my phone. I asked her who taught her how to use a cellphone? and she told me that her friend at school has a cellphone. I was shocked because now my child also wants me to buy her a cellphone [which I will not do]. Parents should not buy the latest gadgets for their children because it messes up their minds.’

Primary school teacher, Sheena Lukhan said that parents should not be giving into the demands of their children for the latest gadgets.

“When I mark compositions, I see a lot of text language and we have to mark the child down. This impacts on their English marks and if one fails English, they fail the exam.

“In my opinion a child should not have a cell phone. In our school there is no need for one. If a child needs to call their parents, they can go to the office. Children need to get back to ‘old school’ communication that way parents can keep track of who the child is talking to,” said Lukhan.

Does your child spend a lot of time on their cell phone or do you have any tips for parents that will encourage verbal communication with their children? Email your comments to nosipho.mkhize@media24.com

 


 

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