Parents Urged to Turn Off Wi-Fi Services at Night
Published on: 15th Apr 2014
British parents are being urged to turn off their Wi Fi connections in the evening to stop their children using the internet at night.
Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, technology teacher Mark Montgomery said that there is increasing evidence of children turning up to school tired and irritable because they stayed up late chatting on social media websites.
He said: "I have three sons. When they were younger I would go to bed and turn off the Wi-Fi. Parents need to do that. Turn the Wi-Fi off. There is the ability to restrict the amount of time they are online for, there are apps to down load."
Teachers at the conference are set to call for medical experts to help produce a factsheet for teachers about what they called an addiction to computer tablets.
"I am a technology teacher and I run two websites - I am not saying don't use this stuff. But medical people need to look at it from the health point of view and how it affects your brain." Montgomery added.
He said that it can be difficult for parents to simply confiscate the tablets and smartphones as children will find a way of demanding them back, and can be found using them long after they were supposed to go to bed.
The downside could well be that if the Wi-Fi is turned off, then there could be a surge in cellular data usage, and the associated costs.