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Letter: Look beyond the screens

Published May 21, 2014 5:32 pm
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Technology has made our lives much easier, but it has also taken over our every waking moment. I am a student at Bingham High School, where there is a large push to stop cell phones and iPods from entering classrooms.

I wonder what will it be like when the next generation is entering high school and the real world? Preschool children have iPods, cell phones, and other devices that I never would have dreamed of at that age. Children are overexposed to television and computers, slowing their brain development and their ability to interact socially.

Elementary-aged children are now flooding news feeds rather than parks and playgrounds. Children are being taught to sit down, be quiet, and look at the screen in their hands. If we spent more of our efforts teaching children to go outside and learn, maybe it wouldn't be so hard for teachers to make students turn to a person instead of a screen.

McKenna Bakker

South Jordan




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