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Children and Artificial Intelligence: What You Need To Know

The most talked about Artificial Intelligence technology at this time is Chat GPT.

As technological advances continue at an increasingly rapid pace, here is what you need to know about artificial intelligence as it pertains to our kids today.


ChatGPT is widely used to write policy, do homework, and answer life questions. As this type of technology becomes increasingly common, staying engaged with the conversation and its implications in our kids’ lives is essential.


What is ChatGPT?

Chat GPT is an artificial intelligence technology that uses machine learning algorithms to generate human-like text responses. In layman’s terms, it analyzes massive amounts of text data allowing it to learn patterns and relationships between words and phrases. It then uses probability algorithms to predict word patterns and generate text in responses that sound like they were written by humans.


How Does It Work?

When a user inputs a prompt, ChatGPT analyzes it and generates a response that is most likely to follow the patterns and structures it learned during training.


What ChatGPT is NOT

Chat GPT is not an oracle that analyzes research to give you accurate answers. It is simply a text generator that imitates the narrative seen on books, websites, and online forums.


How AI is Being Used by Kids & Teens

Educational Purposes

Kids ask ChatGPT questions about their schoolwork and get answers and explanations on different topics, such as science, history, or math.


Entertainment

Children can interact with ChatGPT by asking it questions, playing games, or asking for jokes.


Language Learning

To practice and improve language skills by having conversations in different languages.


Creative Writing

As a writing assistant, to help kids develop ideas, prompts, or even entire stories.


Emotional Support

Kids may use ChatGPT to feel a sense of companionship by listening and asking questions they don’t feel comfortable asking other humans; the program then offers advice or chats with them.


Implications of AI For Our Kids

ChatGPT can be a valuable and engaging tool for kids to learn, explore, and connect with the world around them.

Having said that, this technology needs to be closely monitored when used by our children.

In an era of misinformation, we must be fully aware that this AI utilizes the whole internet as its source of knowledge. As such, it is highly likely to perpetuate or even generate false information. Additionally, AI has been widely known to replicate or amplify biases or inaccuracies in that data.


How to Help Our Kids Navigate The Use of AI

  • As parents and educators, we must stay engaged in the conversation and up to date with technology.

  • Teach kids how to carefully evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information generated by ChatGPT. Encourage critical thinking in the usage of technology.

  • Teach kids where to find additional resources to corroborate generated responses.


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