UK Culture Secretary Recommends Schools Ban Cell Phones Along with France, Rwanda, and More
While it is up to individual schools to decide rather than government, I admire headteachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day. I encourage more schools to follow their lead. The evidence is that banning phones in schools works.
Laws governing children’s relationship with technology vary around the world. Recently France and Rwanda have passed legislation to ban student use of phones in schools. Other schools in the U.S. and around the world also have similar bans.
For many years already, tech inventors have deliberately sent their own kids to “low tech” schools and restricted how much technology they used at home. However, most public school systems have increased taxes to make their schools “high tech” and kids’ test scores have been declining, not improving.
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There are also health risks – including cancer – from exposure to this technology. No “safe” levelof cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.
Many medical organizations and health professionals have been recommending that we reduce children’s exposure to WiFi radiation and other sources of Electrical Pollution (aka Electrosmog) in schools and by schools.
Telecom companies don’t seem to care. They insist on providing free cell phones to students and installing WiFi on school buses. They continue creating and marketing new harmful productsspecifically for kids. Unfortunately, Sesame Street even has a role in this as well.
In the meantime, some of these same companies are warning shareholders – not customers – that they may eventually be found liable for causing harm with their products.
Marketing has encouraged us to become a culture where we are all using and are exposed to multiple sources of technology 24/7. Advertising campaigns, TV and film often portrays unsafe tech use as helpful, normal, even endearing. This includes “bingewatching” and “kids glued to screens”.
Those who don’t or won’t subscribe to this lifestyle are often stigmatized as weirdos, losers and of course, “conspiracy theorists.” Meanwhile, The World Health Organization has classified Video Gaming Disorder as a mental illness and there seem to be a lot more sick people and animals than there were before all this technology was introduced. The environment doesn’t seem to be handling it well either.
So many seem to have forgotten that it’s only through devotion, blessed are the children.