Banish cell phones in class!
With the new school year came back in the news the very relevant question of the presence of cellular in the classes. In light of what has been observed on the ground for several years now, the Cyber-Aide Center has come to the conclusion that it is preferable, for the sake of our young people, our children, to ban cell phones in the classroom. .
The measure may seem drastic, but it has the undeniable advantage of providing a clear and easy-to-follow guideline for all communities.
First, it will give schools the time to think about how to design a user guide that provides cell-specific guidance while removing the unclear blur that currently prevails. Indeed, it is not uncommon to find, within the same school, a class where the use of cell phones is allowed (even for a fun use such as listening to music during school work), while its neighbor does not allow it outright. One can easily understand the confusion that can reign in students and school staff … as well as in parents!
Ensuite, si l’on s’entend rapidement sur le potentiel pédagogique du cellulaire en classe, on ne peut glisser sous le tapis les désavantages et risques qui l’accompagnent : risques pour la santé (les yeux, la posture, la qualité du sommeil, la cyberdépendance, etc.), la sécurité (utilisation des données, piratage, etc.), la sexualité (les comportements) et les problèmes de cyberintimidation (situations conflictuelles, etc.). On ne peut faire semblant d’oublier ces risques potentiels, d’autant plus que la science et le savoir actuels n’ont même pas encore fait le tour de la question!
In addition, we can not ignore the advice of pediatricians who recommend a limited daily use of screens. This limit is fundamental to ensure the well-being of the child, for his health, for his balance. If every day in class meant eight hours in front of the screen, how will parents make sure their children get back to balance?
That is why it would be wise to take inspiration from Ontario and France in this regard and ban the presence of cell phones in the classroom. On the other hand, if Quebec were to adopt such a law, I would recommend that we not apply sanctions against students who are unable to comply with the instructions. The needs met by this use of screens should first be assessed in order to respond appropriately to the situation.
The government-wide message on the dependence on screens will not be better: we must seize this opportunity to address the question of cellular in the classroom, which must include the analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of this technological tool in order to realize it. a fair portrait that will allow you to make the right decisions.
And for parents who might lament the setting aside of the cell because it would complicate communication with their child, just remember that there are excellent secretariats able to pass their messages …
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