Most young people have an interesting relationship with their phones. Looking around the College grounds at break times would show these all too common handheld devices cradled in, if not loving, then certainly appreciative hands. They connect, educate and help organise, inform, entertain, and occasionally frustrate. I would hazard to say that there are few who are immune to the seductive siren call of this small glowing screen. I wonder how many of us find ourselves staring at a radiant little plate of glass populated by tiny razor sharp intensely coloured — I will not go into the Samsung versus iPhone ‘who has the better screen’ debate here — squares?
I marvel at the sheer number of applications that these inviting tiles open. Emails, newspapers, music, social networking, photo collections and books. We find at our fingertips the means to stay in touch, to interact with people and information in ways only recently experienced.
Enter the little red dot. With a number usually at its centre and attractively placed in the upper right corner of the invitingly represented but ever-so small artwork that is an application button. This mini messenger alerts us that something new has arrived in our app. While some may greet these alerts with joy, for me, they represent an almost uncontrollable urge to make the dreaded little red dot disappear. Screen on, button pressed, information read, noted and processed, red dot gone, and all is well with the Feng Shui of the screen. Yet, the little red dot persists.
Those of us who have news apps on our phones are bombarded by the little red dot. Every day the situation surrounding us changes and we are constantly alerted to crisis. It would be easy to cease paying attention and be lulled into a sense of confidence. Being in Queensland we may feel somewhat removed from our southern neighbours as they are washed in the second wave of Coronavirus. We may not be able to control the alert the little red dot represents, but we can moderate how we address it.
As the past week has shown, tides can turn rapidly and the importance of practices, we have become possibly too used to, remains high. Recently I heard the catch phrase “alert but not alarmed”. In a state of alert, we are proactive and prepared and daily life can go on. Conversely, a state of alarm brings with it heightened emotions, making it difficult to sustain the daily routine of College life that enhances the learning and wellbeing of our young men.
It is important for our Eddies men and indeed our community, that our Eddies Team remains alert and proactive about our health, the health of our families and the health of others. I continue to encourage our Eddies Team “to be alert but not alarmed”. If ill, remain at home, consulting a doctor as soon as appropriate, continue to practise enhanced hygiene and maintain adequate safe social space.
Ray Celegato, Principal