Role of parents in the education of children has been documented in countless studies and theories. It is a fact that parents play an instrumental role in the education of children. How has the role changed however, with the advancement in technology? Has the role of parents been replaced by technology? Or has it changed to adapt to technology? To get the answers to these questions, we decided to get some insight from Valeem tutors. Since Valeem is an online education portal, Valeem teachers are familiar with both the use of technology and the role of parents.
According to Sir Shaheer, the roles of parents differ. “Some are very careful and some are careless. There are very few parents who know how to balance that. The balance is important to make sure that the child is on the right track and is also not weighed down by the expectations of parents”. Ms. Samrah agrees that “Parents must figure out a middle ground, understand that every child is different and work accordingly.”
Technology has changed every field, including education. Education now has the potential to go completely online. Ms. Tahura observes that “Parents are initially apprehensive about online education because its something new but then they gradually learn to accept it, looking at its benefits like accessibility and flexibility.” Sir Shaheer, on the other hand, feels that “Parents in Pakistan do not understand the positive use of technology. Since they do not know the positive use of technology, they do not transmit it. They do not incorporate technology into education.”