The Bridge Program: Burlington High School
Cell phones have become constantly updates, active journal of our lives. They are filled with conversations between friends, complete with emojis and acronyms. On social media we post pictures of ourselves, selfies, friends and family. We can look at a memories page on Facebook and see exactly what we were doing on this day five years ago. Technology is a wonderful and quick way to share information.
What is surprising, is the number of students communicating with their parents throughout the school day. It is important receiving texts from their parent.
Consider this scenario: Your child is in class and fighting with a friend. She becomes upset and asks the teacher to use the bathroom. In the bathroom she takes out her phone and texts you and asks for you to dismiss them from school. You dismiss them because they are telling you they are too upset to stay in school. Now, how is the student going to handle their next problem? If they give the school resources a chance (i.e., guidance counselor, teacher, etc.), they may be surprised.
Unfortunately, we find students super glued to their cell phones at any chance during the school day. So the message informing them that they are grounded after school or that you have checked their grades and are upset with them now disrupts the rest of the school day. Perhaps we should stop and think about how we utilize our cell phones to convey messages. Is it possible we respond too much to our children during the school day? Is the timing appropriate? Should we be teaching our students to utilize access to school resources and advocate for themselves?