Posted by karim on

Life Lessons from Foxconn

In light of the recent accusation on the working conditions in the Apple factories…should those of us using Apple products take action?

I have one, my mom has one, my aunt, my uncle, my brother, pretty much everyone I know owns or has access to an iPad. Now I grew up constantly surrounded by evolving technology. I can remember my grade 1 teachers showing us how to use the first iMac G3computers, my parents on the other hand never had access to such things growing up. By the time I started high school the computers I used inelementaryschool seemed prehistoric. Technology changed rapidly back then and it still does now.The beautiful thing about technology is that it allows us to have access to information at the click of a button.

According to The Guardian, working conditions in the Apple factories at Foxconn broke many empl0yment laws. I come from very progressive parents who taught me that you shouldn’t support any company that employs child labour.

Whether you believe in what I was taught or not, or your ideological views, working conditions for the products we use in our daily routines are important to talk about. Things have changed though. Not dramatically, but because of the light the internet and other forms of media have shined on working conditions, companies now have to be more careful. In May, Apple announced they were teaming up with Foxconn to improve labour conditions in their factories.

Parents should be curious to know where all this technology that they and their kids use comes from. Now I’m not saying you should boycott Apple products. I love them just as much as the next person, but as the next generation gets older it is important that they learn the importance of critical thinking and how technology will affect their future.

As JFK once said: “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”

 

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