Thanks to one of our parents for sending me this research article focussed on recent studies on how our teens and their smartphones are evolving. Excellent article with points every parent should consider and discuss as they ponder the role of a teenage smartphone in their family.
In our junior and senior high school, we've asked that all students with a cell phone place their phone in our "cell phone hotel" (a simple shoe rack converted to a cell phone storage place) in every class period. Our school has enough "school sponsored tech devices" - laptops, chromebooks, iPads, and iPad mini's that the personal smartphone is finding a limited role in our student's educational plans. They are still used as a helpmate to learning but will only be used in class at the invitation of the teacher.
I had one of our grade 12 students stop by my office yesterday and thank me for the mandated use of our cell phone hotels. Quoting this young adult, "Thanks for making the cell phone hotels be mandatory in each classroom. I'm way less distracted, my classmates are way less distracted, and more learning happened today than in recent memory because I'm not having to check my phone every 5 minutes." I really appreciated the impromptu feedback to our school cell phone plan.
Just to reassure all parents who may be considering not sending their child to school with a cell phone.... if you need to get in touch with your child for an emergency or message, phone our school and our secretaries will get in touch of your child as soon as the situation dictates. I'm confident that Stirling students will survive, learn, be safe, and have fun socializing without a cell phone in their pocket. I know it's easy to say and hard to implement but I feel it needs to be said none-the-less.
Here is the link to the article I'd like all parents of kids with Smartphones to read:
With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit
Thanks for your support of your child and our school.
Take care and talk with you soon.