Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact
That technology can steadily do you harm,
The business of manual communication
Too readily disarmed…
The humble pencil (bless its heart)
No longer an essential part
Of every child’s ABC,
The luxury of technology
Now commonplace and superseding
Basic skills, and so impeding
Fallback capabilities
That have no need of batt-er-ies
And make no noise to let folks know
Just how far the parents go
To keep in line with current trends
And stop kids driving them round the bend…
Who would bother to think twice
For a child left alone with a costly device?
What could possibly go awry
Beneath this peaceful summer sky
With buttons to press and friends on-line?
Why ever would that not be fine?
(There’s peace and quiet for grown-ups too
With all the stuff they have to do,
Six weeks vacation – a month and a half!!!
-Lots of days out?!
You’re ‘avin’ a laugh…)
But come, ye Luddites
One and all-
It’s quietly OK to feel appalled,
Worrying for the Nation’s youth,
In constant pursuit of what passes for truth;
Seeing stuff beyond their years,
Raising questions, feeding fears,
Shaping who they ought to be
For fear of losing company,
Is this really a cynical mass-market move
To crush the pass-times once well loved
Or a simple sign of passive compliance
To the changing tides of computer science?
Quietly worried for the Nation’s youth,
In constant pursuit of what passes for truth;
Seeing stuff beyond their years,
Raising questions, feeding fears,
Shaping who they ought to be
For fear of losing company,
Phones and laptops so commonplace
Perhaps we’re forgetting what they replace…

 

* a personal response to seeing hoards of children and young people out in public during the long summer holidays, relentlessly attached to electronic devices as though they will otherwise cease to exist…

http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04rmwv2

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/internet-safety

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/social-media-genie-wont-go-back-in-the-bottle-so-we-must-teach-youngsters-to-use-it-wisely-a7846321.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3306318/katie-price-son-harvey-petition-debated-parliament-bullying/  -look before you judge…

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