Many private schools in NSW are now banning smartphones during school hours and all the feedback I have heard is extremely positive. Schools should be about learning and anything that hinders learning should be restricted.
I was chatting with a parent at school pick-up the other day. She told me that she really enjoyed my presentation on ‘screen time for kids’. She felt as though she now understood the real issues. Then she said that she was feeling really guilty. She still allowed her kids to watch seven hours of DVDs on a recent car trip to Queensland. She explained that there was no way her kids would sit quietly in the car for more than 15min without a DVD to watch.
At the beach recently I noticed a group of teenagers all sitting together. Every one of them was hunched over a mobile phone. I found it sad that they were not actually enjoying a beautiful day at the beach or interacting with their friends. It made me wonder why they were even there? But then I looked around one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. Over half of the people I could see were looking at their phones!
There is now a phenomenon called 'Phantom Vibration Syndrome'. It occurs when someone regularly has their phone set to vibrate. They feel phantom vibrations on their leg - even when their phone is not present. Up to 90% of US University students experience these phantom vibrations.