Katelin Renshaw (Year 7)
Good communication is ideal. The way we communicate, and how effectively we communicate all contribute to the relationships we share with others, and the way our society and our communities’ function. The way we learn to communicate, and how well we do it are all at the roots of our childhood. I decided to interview some of the Pre-Kinders in our college to gain an understanding of how our youngsters communicate today.
How do you communicate?
The Pre-Kindergarteners informed me that they use both devices to communicate, as well as face to face communication. All three of the students I interviewed own an app called ‘messenger kids’. They use it to call and send photos. They also communicate with one other face to face.
Devices vs Real-Life: Pros and Cons
For devices, the students identified some of the pros for using them to communicate. These include:
- Contacting people despite the distance
- Good Functions (games and talking at the same time)
- Being able to show people things
They also mentioned the following cons:
- They aren’t capable of spelling on the app
- They have been contacted when busy, unavailable, or sleeping
- Becoming addicted
Our students seem to be experiencing these issues at such an early age.
They also listed the following for face-to-face communication:
- They can do activities together as well as talking
- They can play in real life
- They can build better relationships
They didn’t recognise any cons to communicating in real life. The only real issue is that we aren’t always around each other, which is what makes the use of social media, and electronic devices so useful and convenient. Overall, 2 out of 3 of the students interviewed agreed communication in real life is better, more effective, and healthier for us in comparison to using devices.
Mrs. Beckinsale is one of the amazing Pre-Kindergarten teachers at Broughton. I asked her what she thought about communication between the younger students at our college. She informed me that Pre-Kinders are young, therefore they learn how to communicate from others. The way they learn to communicate and interact with others is largely based off the behaviour of their parents or older siblings. Their role models, parental figures, and older peers shape the way they communicate, as they pick up learnt behaviours. When they are brought up communicating one way, they often carry this through the rest of their lives.