I wanted to share some thoughts in regard to teenagers and smartphone addiction. Studies show that smartphone addiction is becoming a major issue for all Americans. We live in a world where all of us are immersed in technology and information. I too, feel the constant need to have my phone out, checking texts, email, and news. I mentioned this last year, and as I observe classrooms and students on campus, it is hard to ignore the fact that teenagers today are becoming overly dependent on their smartphones. Teachers across the nation are learning how to understand and deal with the influx of smartphones in their classrooms. There is no easy answer, and certainly no magical way to handle the distractions the phones present our students.
At Fountain Hills High School we are working with our students to be respectful and put their phones away during class. We highly encourage you to have a conversation with your child about smartphone usage at school. All of our teachers ask that all students put their phones away at the beginning of class. We also have cell phone "pockets" in each classroom where students can put their phones and keep an eye on them. I have noticed drastic improvements with our students and their usage of phones during class. However, it is always an uphill battle.
I wanted to share with you this information in hope that we can work together to help our children enjoy technology in moderation, but also demonstrate digital citizenship based on respect for those they interact with, like their teachers.