Students feel connection through social media, as well as addiction

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  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    If you are as concerned about this topic as I am, I suggest that you research the education reform agenda.
    Many of the rich and powerful, like Bill Gates and Wal-Mart and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and AT&T and education hedge funds are hard at work trying to get devices into as many children's hands as they can. Companies are fairly giving the stuff away, so that they can get access to the billions of dollars of education funding and change education forever, in their favor, not the children's.

    Search News Corp's "Amplify education" for a taste of things to come. Youtube has a sobering ad promotion that is worth watching.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 4:15 a.m.

    I think its time for some regulatory laws controlling the possession of and use of these devices. Its now out of the hands of the parents as schools are teaching infant minds to stay in touch with the schools and teachers forcing this addiction without parental consent.

    The schools are forcing parents to buy and give these devices to children so that government has total control of their minds and who and where they are going by illegally tracking and spying. This is something we need to outlaw in our education system. When children are not in school or workers not on the job they have the right of independence and freedom from this controlling environment.

    It drives me nuts to see my children tethered to this device on their own time and not paid as a standby employee by a business. The business tether is against the federal labor law act. If a business requires or make use of this device it is the same as on the job and working for required pay at incremental wages.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 11, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    We constantly have to look at devices and our children's attachment to them.

    I am grateful for the missionary program which lets them unplug for 2 years. But there are those who are so addicted to being 'connected' by missionary age that they cannot quit cold turkey and go.

    Parents - it is your responsibility to set boundaries and limits, and teach your children about destructive behavior, even those that seem benign.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    When a device is more important than people and their relationships, that is addiction. It is sad that little by little, it has taken over people's lives.

    In one of the comments about the change in missionary qualifications, one poster mentioned that many in the Conference Center were immediately texting the information to their "friends".

    That was an important message but what about the rest of the information that was stated and people didn't hear or feel the Spirit because they were texting.

    People have always wanted to be the first to let someone else know the latest news. However, life goes on without the device.

    People die in vehicle accidents due to these devices. I still haven't figured the logic on texting when the person is right next to you.

    In a job, a phone may be vital but children have phones from the age of 5 or older and use them. What is important? People.

    I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the social media to get their information out in one swoop. That must be important and it is a resource that people of all countries and ethnicity use.