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Screenagers Initiative to Get Cell Phones out of Middle Schools Reaches Jefferson County
By: Away For The Day Screenagers
As a mother of two and a licensed counselor in Jefferson County, Angela is leading the charge to get student smartphones out of JeffCo middle schools until the district mandates smartphones as part of the learning curriculum or as a 1:1 supported device. She asserts there is a fundamental difference between a personal smartphone and a Chromebook and district families have been supporting Jeffco approved data assets and integrations such as robotics and smart boards for many years.
"The discussion surrounding smartphones is exhausting and it is resulting in substantial confusion and miscommunication. Our community seems to now need strong, educated leadership at the district level to ease the stressor for all stakeholders. The inconsistency is from school to school, from principal to principal, and from teacher to teacher" reports Tapp. In some cases smartphones seem to be an undocumented middle school requirement - in other cases, policies are in place but there are significant enforcement challenges."
Dr. Delaney Ruston, the physician, and filmmaker who created Screenagers and conducted a national survey (https://awayfortheday.squarespace.com/
"Yes, cell phones can be tools—calculators, flash cards, etc.—and yes it takes some energy to keep them put away in middle schools, but I am 100% convinced that for the sake of our students, it is worth it and truly doable." —Delaney Ruston, MD and Screenagers' filmmaker.
A Change.org (https://www.change.org/
Dr. Duncan's digital distraction research (http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/
At a minimum, the group hopes for thought leadership from the district and educated policymaking. They report many families are assuming educators and decision makers are already adhering to evidence-based research in this area, but the confusion demonstrates most are not up to research speed on impulse control, depression and the mental health of our young people.
If you are interested in learning more about the effort, you can contact Angela Tapp at email@example.com or call 720-722-2031 or you can find out more about the "Away For The Day" initiative by contacting Lisa Tabb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-482-8726.
Angela Tapp: 720-722-2031/
Lisa Tabb: 415-482-88726/