Dear digital readers, let’s enter into the current world 2.0. :
Have you seen how difficult it is for your grandparents to write an email? This task seems to be so long and tedious. Now look at a “digital native” and this job suddenly becomes child’s play. Mastering digital devices demand specific skills and the sooner your child handles digital devices, the better he masters them, as for learning foreign language. (Continues below.)
Third proposing Speech
A retina burned, an eardrum was damaged, and families from all over the world collapsed. And this year, as many companies are selling more capable digital devices, our children will suffer silently even more. This situation has to change now. (Continues below.)
Third proposing speech
Dear digital readers, let’s enter into the current world 2.0. :
Have you seen how difficult it is for your grandparents to write an email? This task seems to be so long and tedious. Now look at a “digital native” and this job suddenly becomes child’s play. Mastering digital devices demand specific skills and the sooner your child handles digital devices, the better he masters them, as for learning foreign language Let’s be honest: our parents spent hours searching the right pages in the right book in the right library to prepare a lecture, now you just Google it and you have access to the same information. You may find incorrect information on the net but once you know it happens and once you master digital devices you can check your data (If you do not know how to do it just Google it). Nowadays people that do not master a computer are the new illiterates of our 2.0 society, and you do not want your child to be that kind of people.
Digital devices lead to a full 360-degree change in the way we learn.
The opposing team criticized the digital gap between poor and wealthy people but in every school or library you have a free access to a computer, so every child has access to high-levels online classes such as MOOC. We think that it better to have one teacher explaining well one subject online and millions of teachers worldwide answering to their students than millions of teachers teaching in class to their children and noone to answer to their question. Why do students are distracted by their smartphones? Because they are annoyed with traditional courses: make them work interactively on their smartphones, many online courses such as the Kahn Academy have already flourished on the net. Their aim is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere and sp many people are getting at the top of the social ladder thanks to those worldwide shared knowledges.
We can go even further: mixing education and entertainment. As we learn better when we a subject catches our eye major companies such as Axa place their employees into a virtual environment such as video games in order to train their employees and see their reactions and those serious games can be applied to kids.
Perversity on the net and addiction to digital devices are the major worries of the opposing team.
We have clearly shown, and we continue to hammer that abuses take places with or without internet but we can use the net to track pervert. Besides, every digital device can be tracked online thanks to GPS applications so parents can know precisely where their child is, which is great for their safety. No studies have shown a change in the behaviour of child owning a digital device and addiction are mainly caused by the lack of authority of parents (if it is your case watch a tutorial online explaining how to install a parental control-it is child’s play). The opposing team has been touting that children reproduce what they see on their digital devices: this is wonderful, show them a video explaining how to make a derivative and he will be graduated by the age of 5. Children will not be able to make the difference between virtual and real life? Which implies that they perceive differently the world and that their imagination is really boosted! They could make this fantasised world comes true. Open a Word page and just have a look to the panel of colour proposed: it gives you more possibilities than real life offers to you. Your only restriction is the time you are willing to spend on. This enables us to reject the adverse argument that “Everything is preset on a digital device”: you can create your own virtual-dreamed world as in Minecraft.
Digital devices do not necessarily reduce physical activity: Fitness has never been so much practiced since wiFit was lauched.
Finally, if you find a job offer without saying “Master of pack office is a pre-requisite” leave a comment, otherwise incite your child to master digital devices allowing him to enter into the “generation of coders” that I would call “the angry nerds greneration” because it is clear that this generation is not only consumer of digital content, they are also creators of digital content.
Vote for us!
Third opposing Speech
A retina burned, an eardrum was damaged, and families from all over the world collapsed. And this year, as many companies are selling more capable digital devices, our children will suffer silently even more. This situation has to change now.
Let us first get to see how the debate was led so far. It is interesting to see how the proposers tried to provide us with examples brimful of emotions, sometimes utterly overflowing with burning feelings, only to distract us from the looming danger of digital devices that is taking down our children’s lives. The proposing team indeed has given the example of the ability to connect with a younger family member studying abroad. This has nothing to do with our debate since the real questions we are bringing up here are how often do children use digital devices? When? Class time? Bed time? All the time? What is their impact on their behavior? Our team was definitely to the point when we raised relevant questions about the physical and mental damage that children are exposed to due to the use of digital devices, and we furthered the debate by discussing the society and family problems entailed.
The proposing team proved even to be completely off the mark by quoting the epic rhetorical poetry the commercials are using to make us buy their digital devices. For instance, they said digital devices “stimulate imagination”, “connect people”, “provide new interactive methods for better learning”, and the most epic must be when they said digital devices are a “power endowed to children” that the elderly fear… Our team did a strong effort to bring us back to the reality, the one we are living in, the one where GTA IV kills a grandmother, and World Of Warcraft, without mercy, murders a guy in the prime of his life.
Our team believes in the importance of essential pillars of life. Our team debated and responded well by bringing up questions that really matter, questions of mental and physical health, questions of family stability, and questions of social problems and security of our children.
Dear proposers, dear audience, let me introduce you to Harry. Harry is 9 years old; he was born and raised in the suburbs of London. At a very early age, he got addicted to TV. When he is watching TV, he is not really focusing on the show that is being broadcasted. His gaze, his fixed prolonged look on the screen, his wide bulging eyes, his widened mouth effortlessly allowing saliva to leak and his innocent silence all together make us only feel deep sorrow for him. And in his silence, he seems to be yelling: “Save me!”
A year ago, his parents, believing Harry can show some responsibility, have offered him a smart phone. When he’s using it, as he leans forward, curving his spine, injuring it at an early age, as he nears his nose and eyes to the screen, he is utterly unaware that he is slowly losing one of the greatest assets of mankind, sight. And in his painful moments when he is playing games that smudge and crush his imagination, he is shyly willing to say: “Save me!”
No need to mention here in detail what he is going through since he started using headphones to listen to music.
And when he feels the need to alleviate the pain he’s undergoing, he shouts from the inside: “Save me!”
Unfortunately, most kids today are having the same life as Harry. They seem to have developed an addiction to the digital world, and most parents do not seem to be worried. They find themselves having to face a child that developed emotional and behavioral changes that were generated by the use of digital devices. Does this have to go overboard?
How about Harry? Let us eventually stop turning the back on him, and let us give him the answer he has been waiting for so long: “We will save you!”