A new report released on the digital economy and society examines the impact of technology in schools as the new digital curriculum rollout gathers momentum.
The use of technology in school provides exciting opportunities, but some key risks for schools have also been identified.
"The ubiquitous use of digital tools and environments afforded by mobile devices, social media and the internet creates both risks and opportunities for the development of young people’s social, emotional and critical thinking skills." Sir Peter Gluckman
Some of the challenges outlined in the report include:
Other issues to consider include the potential impacts of artificial intelligence and machine learning on our sense of autonomy and self-control. With emotional health heavily dependent on both concepts, these emergent technologies may have some negative impact.
The speed, scope and pervasiveness of digital technologies is profound, and affecting every aspect of the education system.
"The impacts of such technologies include not only the manifest benefits of new digital technologies, but also the implications of what may be the largest and fastest shift in individual, societal and economic relationships and power structures that humankind has ever faced." Sir Peter Gluckman
The real challenge for the education sector is how to maximise the advantages and opportunities technology offer, while minimising negative impacts. School leadership teams and boards need to consider cyber safety and their duty of care requirements.
Family Zone takes a cyber safety ecosystem approach to solving some of the challenges schools are facing, including mobile device management.
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