The iPads do not necessarily place the i in the intelligence, says the largest teachers' union in the country, with schoolchildren stuck to the screens instead of using their imagination
- Andrew Mellor, president of the National Association of Teachers in Chief (NAHT) argued that technology was turning children into passive learners
- He added that social networks helped foster more violence and vitriolic abuse
- Mr. Mellor said it took a year to wean children from the technology items they use
Bhvishya Patel for Mailonline
The minds of the children have been overshadowed by the iPads before entering elementary school, said the head of the largest teachers' union in Britain.
Andrew Mellor, the president of the National Association of Primary Teachers (NAHT) argued that children entered schools as passive rather than active students because of the elements of technology they use.
He said that iPads and tablets, which are increasingly used by children under the age of five, are preventing children from developing their imagination and creating less curious students.
Andrew Mellor (above), president of the National Association of Primary Teachers (NAHT), has argued that children entered schools as passive rather than active students because of the iPads they use.
According to Mr. Mellor, stimulating children in a personalized way in the way that iPads do is not something that schools can provide to children in a large class environment.
He added that it would take a year to wean a child from technology.
He told The Daily Telegraph: "They have not been stimulated in early reading and math, but they essentially had an iPad in front of them instead of looking at books and developing vocabulary."
Mellor, director of the primary school of St Nicholas Church in England in Blackpool, added that social networks encouraged more sexual abuse than those used when people talk face to face.
He believes that it is the fault of the increase in violence between students and parents that has been seen on the doorstep of the school.
Mellor added that social networks encouraged more vitriolic abuses than those used when people talk face to face and believe that it is to blame for the increase in violence both among students and between parents at the doors of the school. (Stock Photo)
His comments have been supported by Peter Radcliffe, an assistant professor at Longdeam School in Hemel Hempstead, who said that social networks were turning the lives of many young people into "a cycle of constant abuse, insulting and harassing others."
Mr. Mellor also spoke about his concerns regarding the access that elementary school children have to pornography on their smartphones.