It’s possible not everyone reads the entire newsletter on a weekly basis, but articles I add from ScreenAgers are certainly worth the time. We screened the documentary three years ago, and for many it was an enlightening experience. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.
In light of the research concerning screen use we formed a committee of teachers, students, and parents to determine what policy to put in place.
Mobile phones aren’t to be used outside of the classroom (hallways, breaks, lunch, field trips, etc.) and only in classrooms with the teacher’s permission.
If a student is using a phone inappropriately (other than for educational purposes), the following will occur:
1st time: Warning given
2nd time: Phone is taken and can be picked up by the student at the end of the day from the director.
3rd time: Phone is taken and can be picked up by the student after a week, or any time by a parent. If a parent picks up a phone prior to the end of the week, the student can’t bring the phone to school for a week.
4th time: This becomes a disciplinary issue handled by the director. We’ve never gotten to this point, by the way.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.