A Societal Norm
Apple released the first smartphone in 2007 well ahead of any mobile device in terms of technology and computer capabilities. This incredible accomplishment changed our way of life, but has brought concerning repercussions among our youth. Bound by the reality that cell phones have commandeered our work, schooling, and private life we have found one problematic issue staring us in the face. It is our young kids and teens who cannot seem to put their smart phone screen down as they spend hours a day in gaze and wonder. This is concerning and very little is being addressed or done to combat the detrimental issues resulting from smart phone use.
Bill Gates Understands the Issue at Hand
Parenting classes have been inserted among the family by those who understand the negative effects of too much screen time and those who start usage at a very young age. Bill Gates has taken parental action by banning use of mobile phones among his children until the age of fourteen, and prohibited the use during meal times and before going to sleep. How many times do we witness adults on their mobile devices during visits to local restaurants? If it is distracting to adults the constant barrage of distracting content on our youth must be creating mental and physical negative results. Simply talking to your kids and setting goals to limit use is the first step when teaching and informing kids about the distractions mobile phones create. It would be wise for parents to simply point out usage data their children have used weekly. This easy task will prove to youth that indeed they’re becoming zombies who waste their precious time just to zone out on a mobile screen.
Children Staring not Talking
Research has been conducted proving that young kids are spending double the time staring at their phones than engaging in productive conversation with their parents. If this study proves to be widespread among families then the first parenting class should always be addressed as mentioned by Bill Gates, and that is to inform kids to stop STARING. It would be a great approach by simply asking kids what they accomplish throughout the week when the average child stares at a screen for twenty three hours in that week. Perhaps it would be a great notion to inform children the time lost considering the amount of time needed to improve educational results. Time is a resource and it is time children understand the time lost on smart phones, and how that time could be used to improve their daily lives.
Parent or Teacher it is Time
Parenting classes can take the simple and engaging approach by proving to children that too much time is wasted on mobile phone screens while time could be improving their daily lives. For instance, how many students take their cell phone to school? Over seventy percent of teens have access to smartphones, and the phones are inside the classroom. Results are proving negative when it comes to final grades and the distractions go beyond the classroom and on the highway where one in four vehicle crashes is linked to mobile phone distraction. Providing these simple and concise facts to young people is the first step to conducting educational and successful parenting classes about the abuse of mobile phone use.