It confounds me in this day and age when I hear my children tell me that some of their school friends don’t have a laptop or printer at home, in order to do their assignments or homework. Especially since these children are in independent schools where the fees are quite excessive and the parents drive Audi’s, BMW’s, Mercedes and host of other expensive cars. The concept of not owning even the most basic laptop or printer is literally unfathomable to me.

It begs the question of what do these parents value more; the image of having their child attend a boutique school or the image of ACTUALLY giving their children an EDUCATION?shutterstock_309913712

We live in an age where we are immersed in digital technology. This is not 1950’s where migrants got off a boat in Australia with nothing more than a suitcase. No, this is the age of accessibility where the general cost of goods is low and affordable even to the most base income earner. For example: the lowest price for a laptop today is only $298 and the lowest price for a printer is $34.

I question the purpose of these parents who teach their kids to be slackers and depend on the children that have been given the tools that are necessary for their education. What you teach your child now will echo in their adulthood. It is imperative to show them to value the institution that you have placed them in. They can’t do this if you don’t provide the proper equipment or teach them the fundamentals of living in a digital age and the appropriate ethics that go with it.

Conclusively, for those parents who are completely confused about availability of computer equipment within their child’s school, ask the library. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that they have a specific set up for the kids to do their work and yes they have printers too but it may cost you 10 to 50 cents for your child to print something out. Mere chicken feed to a luxury car driver.