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Guiding Principle 3



What is it?

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Why is it important?

There is research evidence of the negative effects of over-exposure from the use of ICT by children. In addition, the rapid advances of technology such as the emergence of social media platforms can pose a risk to children's safety and well-being. Hence, teachers must be careful in their use of ICT for teaching and learning.

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How can you apply it?

If you wish to make use of ICT for teaching and learning, you can apply GP3 in the following ways:
  • Refrain from engaging children in passive viewing i.e., without facilitation or guidance
  • Ensure that the time spent on the use of ICT in the classroom as experienced by children is not excessive
  • Expose children to a variety of activities beyond ICT that nurtures their diverse interests 
  • Be aware of the advances in the use of ICT for children so as to anticipate and address possible issues related to safety and well-being
  • Ensure that safeguards such as filters, firewalls and monitoring software are put in place
  • Engage parents to promote appropriate use of ICT

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Example

In this activity, the children and their parents created an e-book that captured what they loved about Singapore. The teachers encouraged the parents to work together with their children to create the e-book, and took measures to safeguard their personal information.

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Excerpts from the commemorative book showcasing selected e-books

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