Progressively more governments are considering banning the use of mobile phones in classrooms

Progressively more governments are considering banning the use of mobile phones in classrooms

The Government of France has already banned the use of mobile phones in classrooms more than a year ago. More and more governments now are beginning to take similar measures to protect children from exposure to toxic screens. In Germany, smartphones are explicitly prohibited in the region of Bavaria; Italy allows them to be used only for educational purposes; and, in Belgium, several government entities are in the process of taking measures independently; Portugal banned mobile phone use in classrooms, except for the training purposes, and incorporated this sanction in its Student Statute, which was approved in 2012.

Throughout most of the United States, mobile phones in classrooms are allowed only if they are kept in silent mode however, in the State of Maryland, a legislative bill passed by the State Department of Education on April 24, 2018 that requires each county board of education to adopt the proposed health and safety guidelines and procedures for best practices regarding digital device usage by students in classrooms.

The creation of Fortnite games changed everything, carrying incredible power of influence over many children (and some adults) who play it. Millions of parents who mostly said “yes” as Fortnite gained popularity, kids wanted more and more time to play. Dr. Richard Freed, a psychologist and author of “Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age”, reports that the study of addictive technologies has identified some 200 persuasive design tricks in Fortnite. He states that because so many of these persuasive elements are often combined intentionally, it makes for an unfair fight for parents. “Once the brain’s pleasure and reward system is hijacked, nothing a parent offers will feel more satisfying and rewarding than one more chance to play and win,” says Dr. Freed. “It is easy to think that we are facing a passing fad, however everything indicates that the levels of addiction will have serious consequences for this new generation.”

Ultimately, schools are beginning to suffer from the side effects of this phenomenon. Today, many students feel that the digital experience is an element of primary interest in their lives. Data shows the use (and addiction to) smartphones lead to 15% of students who choose absenteeism over attendance in class.

Most likely, addictions can be overcome and treated however, eye damages are irreversible which will end up damaging the future of these children for the rest of their lives. And, today unfortunately, only 1% of children are adequately protected from the toxic light emitted from device screens.

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