#CLEMAMA: Should We Fear or Embrace AI?

#CLEMAMA: Should We Fear or Embrace AI?

- in 2023 Editions, Magazine, March 2023

Have you heard of this? CHATGPT? Could it be the next Google? It debuted in November and is quickly becoming a viral sensation. It’s basically like an open search engine where it will answer questions, write articles, create codes, translate, and more.

Really, it does just about anything you ask. This program is just one of the most-talked about uses of Artificial intelligence (AI) impacting our children lately. As parents, it’s important for us to be aware and keep a close eye on it. So what do you think, is AI good or bad? Or both? 

Truly, AI is rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives, and as technology advances, it is increasingly important for us as parents to understand the ways in which our children may be interacting with it. By understanding the benefits of AI, we can better prepare our children for the future and ensure that they are safe and responsible users of technology.

One of the main benefits of AI for children is its ability to enhance learning and educational experiences. AI-powered educational apps and games can personalize learning for each child, providing them with customized and interactive experiences that keep them engaged and motivated. Additionally, AI can also help children with special needs or disabilities, providing them with tailored learning experiences that cater to their individual needs. It’s really cool what can be done. 

Another benefit of AI for children is its ability to provide them with increased access to information and resources. AI-powered virtual assistants and search engines can help children find information and resources quickly and easily, allowing them to explore their interests and expand their knowledge.

It could also help children develop important skills for the future, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and coding. AI-powered games and apps can provide children with hands-on experience with these skills, helping them to develop them in a fun and interactive way.

However, it is also important for us as parents to be aware of the potential risks of AI, such as online safety and privacy concerns. Parents, it’s a good idea to monitor your children’s use of technology and ensure that they understand the importance of keeping their personal information private and staying safe online. We should also be aware of the potential for AI to create addiction and impact the mental and emotional well-being of children, and actively encourage children to take breaks and have a balance.

Overall, understanding the benefits and potential risks of AI is crucial for parents as they prepare their children for the future. By staying informed and actively engaging with our children’s use of technology, parents can ensure that their children are safe, responsible, and well-equipped to navigate the digital world.

But, should we be afraid of AI? Of things like CHATGPT? Like most everything, I don’t think we should be afraid, but look to understand. The future (digital) world is changing fast. For example, I used CHATGPT to help write this article. Did you notice? It was kind of an experiment. “It” wrote half of this article in under 10 seconds. Pretty incredible. It has the capability to do a lot. Our kids are going to be impacted by all this — and tempted. It will be really interesting, and challenging no doubt to see how schools and teachers maneuver through all these changes. I have mixed feelings about some of these advancements right now, but I do know there’s no stopping it. And again as parents, knowledge is power. 

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