A teacher of a primary school in HCMC said some parents asked her to allow their children to use mobile phones because this is the best way of communication. However, the proposal was refused. “The parents said they would allow their children to use phones with no internet connected. However, students know what they need to do to access the internet,” the teacher said, adding that there are too many ‘unsafe things’ on internet. In 2014, the HCMC Education and Training Department intended to apply an e-textbook program, under which every student would be equipped with one tablet. However, the program was canceled after facing strong opposition from experts, who called it ‘abuse of technology in teaching’. They said it would be a blunder to allow children to access high technology too soon, while there was no solution to control their use. Nguyen Ho Thuy Anh from John Robert Power School said many parents were wrong when believing that smartphone is like an ‘open world’ for children to discover. In fact, smartphones can stunt children’s imagination and deprive them of their childhood. “The child who is not dependent on mobile phones will have better imagination and observation capabilities, and a… Read full this story
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