1. twitter_patrickmlarkin

    Hey Buddy,

    I have been spending a lot of time on this balance thing as well, especially with a few teenagers in my life pushing the limit. I have to admit that I am on the liberal side here and give my kids the benefit of the doubt, maybe too much. But I have to admit that I think there are many others who do not give kids the benefit of the doubt in their “social” use of the phone.

    I just read a post yesterday from Medium titled “Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly” really got me thinking. Here’s the link – https://medium.com/understandings-epiphanies/aae8d5f880cc.

    Safe travels!

  2. Melissa Grabill

    I am a high school teacher librarian and the parent of a 2 year old and see both sides of this issue. Technically our students are not allowed to have electronic devices out between 7:25 and 2:10. I have my phone out all the time to check emails, enter work orders, and take pictures while I’m out and about in the building. I had the experience of a teacher actually chide me while I was in the hall for looking at my phone. He complained that that was why it was so difficult for students to follow the rule, he didn’t mention anything about the rule being archaic.
    I feel that students need to be taught how to use their devices. How will they learn when is the right time and place to use them if we don’t teach them?

  3. Modeling appropriate behavior is something we preach about ALL the time…why would “social” media be any different? My thought is that if I’m not teaching my child what my expectations are and what is and isn’t appropriate….who will? I’d rather it be my parameters and my values vs her friends & teachers….

  4. Melissa Grabill

    I like your comparison with modeling appropriate behavior in all ways. I teach my daughter to share and be nice to friends by not saying mean things or hitting or biting, etc… and not talking to strangers or eating berries she doesn’t know about. I also expect those to be reinforced at school and/or daycare. I feel that it should be the same for digital behaviors. We need to be aware of their actions and teach them how to be safe and respectful – it shouldn’t matter in which medium.

  5. Well, now a days almost all of us have our own gadgets. all i can say is that, keep on reminding your students or your children on how to use it in proper place and time. I am a working mother and 3 wonderful children. I am keep on telling them that they should know their limitations of using phone and gadgets. Thanks!

  6. Tracy Rosen

    Yup. I agree with Melissa. Students do need to be taught about their devices – not by banning them, by bringing them into the classroom and, as you suggest, modelling how we use them for the things that matter.

    I work with 16 – whatever-olds and ask them to put their phones on the table and on silent. That way they see communication coming in and if they need to, can respond (some of my students are parents).

    Mine is on the table, too. That way I can more easily model how to use it in a learning context. When I work with students it is generally in 2nd language learning so we use phones a lot – for translation, dictionary, usage but mainly for recording and listening and sharing.

  7. Richard

    The comment about parameters strikes me. In addition to teaching, I coach. One thing that I’m always reminding myself is that if I don’t set a rule, I can’t hold my students or athletes accountable. So, I try to establish those rules (or parameters) early. Then, if a student or athlete breaks my rule or goes beyond the parameter, I can hold him or her accountable. In a class that I’m taking, it points out several things teachers can do to teach appropriate/responsible use of mobile devices. One suggestion is to have it be part of your school’s curriculum and to have students be a part of creating the policy and curriculum. I think that’s great because you get automatic “buy-in.” As we are learning, these devices aren’t going away. In fact, they’re becoming more readily available. So, what are we going to do?

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