More and more it seems that children have to use computers for their homework – either to write something up, or research information, or play a game to “learn” something etc. While using computers is a necessary part of life I have noticed that computers are increasing stress levels in little people who should be able to learn in a more effective way. Aside from the “too much information” problem when websearching, I’m not happy with the way that technology really isn’t “there” yet to make things as simple as necessary. I particularly do not like the stress caused by the functioning and operation of computers. There is the “lost work” problem when things do not save; there is the “update wait” problem when things, like automatic updates take over the computer and take ages to do; there is the “computer frustration” problem when you know what you want (eg draw a simple box) but the computer can’t be made to do it; there is the “compatibility” problem where work from school does not translate to the home computer and the list goes on and on…… hours and hours are spent waiting for things to load, save, recover, transfer etc. etc. etc. and this time is stressful on anyone (children especially). I don’t know what the answer is but technology really has a long way to go for me before it is as usable as it needs to be so it doesn’t cause stress.

Posted anonymously, 18th August 2016

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  • I think with all things, there needs to be a balance.


  • Pros and cons for both. My children have access to so much more up to date and accurate information now with technology as opposed to having to reference outdated encyclopaedias in the library when I was in high school. I get frustrated at times with my laptop but that is more about me as the user and not speaking the correct computer language.


  • I actually don’t mind computer homework. I saw my daughter’s ability in time tables improving a lot when she was in Year 3 and playing time tables’ games on the computer. Now that she’s in high school, her laptop is part of her daily life. For doing research, taking notes in class, writing, checking school’s daily notices, contacting teachers via email. They still do a lot of work without computer and this way I think there is quite an equilibrium.
    But yes, computers can also complicate your life, when they don’t function properly, when the backup doesn’t function and so on. I understand that.

    • Spot on – it is about balance between technology and paper based.


  • Technology seems to be the way forward with work and education. Staying up to date with it is important for our children to access opportunities in the future.


  • Computers sure do play a big part in school work now. And they would make it easier to an extent. Until the computer plays up and deletes things


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