Written by: Romerson B. Ponseca, Teacher I – Bataan National High School-Junior High School
We are currently living in a wired generation, in which we have easy access to the internet, social media platforms, and other technologies. Children are also included. They are exposed to technology at an early age, and as a result, they do better in the digital world than adults.
In line with that, the Digital 2021 report released in January by the research firms Hootsuite and We Are Social, showed that the Philippines stood on top of the world in terms of time spent on social media for the 6th year in a row. The Philippines ranked first too in spending most of the time on the internet. Indeed, kids could just slack off all day and play both computer and mobile games. Teens could just lie down while scrolling through various socmed.
With this, we can’t deny that technology, the internet, and social media now dominate our lives to the point where they are already considered necessities. However, in the rise of the pandemic, we have been enlightened that, despite the said report, not all Filipinos can afford the age of technology.
As the School Year 2020-2021 opened last October 5 amid the pandemic, different learning modalities were chosen by the pupils and parents based on their convenience. The Department of Education is sentient that not everyone can choose online classes, thus, the institution offered both synchronous and asynchronous learning options for this year’s distance learning. For those who can’t afford to attend online classes, modular learning is a choice. Lessons are also broadcast on television and from the radio.
Truly, we are part of the “wired generation” and have been identified as active social media and internet users. Yet, that does not mean that every Filipino family has the financial means to meet the demands of the digital world.
We, teachers, should as well make extreme endeavors to ensure that our students’ needs are met. Carry out duties that will benefit them. Let us not forget that there are students who belong but cannot afford to be part of the wired generation.