The young Facebookers

 

One of my friend’s nephew who is only 2 this year, has an active account in Facebook! Of course, if the little boy know how to run his Facebook account, he must be genius! (LOL!) The Facebook is actually created by my friend (means the little boy’s aunt) and it is managed by the little boy’s family members, mainly his parents and aunties.

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It seems like it is the current trend that helping the children to set up a Facebook account since they are young. Not only my friend’s nephew, I know quite a number of children’s Facebook accounts that are managed by the parents, especially the Taiwanese. Some of these children even have their fan pages and over 800K fans. Wow!

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Do you think it is appropriate for the parents to do so? How would the child feel when he/ she has reached the age that she could manage her Facebook account individually?

*I guess I would feel good and warm when I catch a sight of collections of my photos and videos uploaded by my parents since I was still a baby.

 

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Topic of Interest: ICTs and Early Childhood- Photo Sharing Apps

 

Many of my peers have suggested the use of “blog” in the children classroom (For example Mei Yih and Bing). So do my lecturer. I have seen quite a number of successful class blogs and I will definitely say yes to class blogs.

Here comes my concern…

In my context, 80% of my children are ESL learners and I could hardly see children from ‘Pure’ English background. We have Mandarin and Cantonese for the Chinese children, Malays for the Malay children and Tamil for the Indian children. There are just too many different languages for the children to learn and communicate in. Most importantly they are just 4 to 6 years old and I don’t think it is good to ‘push’ them to become skilful in everything. After all, my children might not be able to write lengthy English in keeping with blogs.

Here comes the solution…

Instead of wanting them to write lengthy English in class blogs, I would actually suggest children’s friendly Photo Sharing Apps, which is more age appropriate for the children in my context. For example:

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Hi Mom!

Mrs Judd has created the teachers’ guide on this app.

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Snap & Share Kids Cam

 

Almost the same as class blogs, Photo Sharing Apps allows the young users to upload photos as a mean of expression, insert short texts to portray the photos, share among peers and also give short comments on peers’ photos.

After all I believe that Photo Sharing Apps, as well as blogs would be a platform for the children to play around with texts more frequently and purposefully which will eventually help in enhancing children’s literacy skills and social skills.

 

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Maaii

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My News Feed in Facebook is currently being flooded by my friends’ posts, something like ‘Hey there! I am currently using Maaii…’ My first impression is… OMG new virus! =) Oh well, it is not a virus.

Maaii is the new social networking app for smart ICT devices that allows the users to instantly reach friends for free. Call and text; send funny stickers, animations, photos, and private messages are ALL FREE! Check it out from the official website!

From a college student’s point of view- Yay another social networking app to use! You haven’t got one yet? Faster download the app, register an account and most importantly add me as friend!

From a pre-service teacher’s point of view- Don’t you think this app could be a platform for the children to play around with texts more frequently and purposefully? Would it help in enhancing children’s literacy skills and social skills? Would the children be able to use this app? I guess they would enjoy in sending stickers and funny chat animations?

Let’s think about it. =)

P/S: other than Maaii, my mate, Katrina has come across another interesting app called Blippar. Please feel free to visit her blog post!