Letters To The Editor

"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." – Colin R. Davis

Children Gain from Technology-Assisted Learning

Technology is being used more and more in schools to educate kids. It is challenging to imagine a school without at least one computer lab. Many schools, albeit not all, provide more for learning students. The use of technology in the classroom is a crucial teaching strategy that continues to positively impact and mould the young people of our world. Technology-based instruction covers a wide range of topics. Computer games fall under this category since they actively engage pupils and pique their interest in a given subject. Children who participate in some form of technological learning succeed more often and enjoy their language sessions, according to studies. Using videos when teaching is one example of this. For instance, Spanish students could prefer watching films of different people rather than their daily teacher. This applies to all subjects, not just language lessons. Students may be more likely to participate in class activities when videos and games are used to "spice up" the environment. Children will also gain from knowing how to use technology. They will feel more at ease utilizing it because it is being used to teach students. If you are not proficient in utilizing a computer or its software, it is incredibly difficult to run a business or work for a corporation in today's society. Children will only benefit in the future if early understanding and involvement are implemented. Students will learn how to use technology effectively and comprehend its potential impact on their future.

Khalid Ghafoor,

Ads Could Affect Healthy Living

I have concerns about food marketing, particularly advertising that target young audiences, as a result of my research into the impact of food advertisements on public health. Since the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) published a study in 2006 asserting the adverse impacts of food advertisements on how youngsters view and enjoy food, more and more studies have confirmed this conclusion. Since our generation and the ones that follow it will never have experienced a world without omnipresent media, I am concerned that a large number of people lack the skills required to critically evaluate media messages and are so unwittingly impacted by them. We risk missing out on important information about the food we eat because of this harmful denial. I draw attention to food advertisements that primarily target kids because they take advantage of their inexperience with media messaging by getting them to believe the ads and ask their parents for food that the TV glorifies but is bad for their long-term health. Raising awareness and acknowledging that there is a connection between what our kids watch on TV and what they choose in their diets are the first steps in this fight. We will be able to combat these exploitations and encourage a healthier lifestyle for our children and their children once more people understand that the food and beverage business is putting public health at risk for no other reason than profit.

Hasan Tariq,