As we started talking about laptops and computers the conversation turned toward the Internet and the type of access each child has. It was nearly a given that each one had an Internet connection at home.
100% of the homes were connected, but that wasn’t what was surprising. What caught my attention was the number to students that had unfettered access to the Internet. Just over half of the class said they do not need to check with an adult first before going online. That was surprising to me. With the amount of education available about the dangers of the Internet, it was surprising that so many 7 and 8 year olds had unsupervised access.
Taking that conversation a little further they were asked what they would do if they saw something “bad” online. Half of the students said they would tell mom or dad while the others said they would simply close their eyes or close the window. Again I was surprised that more students wouldn’t seek the advice or intervention of an adult.
Worried that too many students sit in front of computers all day long, a lot like myself, I had to ask one last question. The question, “How many of you own a jump rope?” Surprise! Nearly 75% of the students said they owned a jump rope. Just because they have a jump rope doesn’t mean they are physically active or playing outside, but it’s nice to know that they also have at least one ‘unplugged’ entertainment choices.