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