“No cell from bell to bell” has become far more prevalent at high schools this year.
Students are typically told to put cells on silent and store in backpacks during the day, although some schools are allowing phone use during lunch. Parent messages come through the school office.
At least one reputable study concluded that banning phone usage in schools leads to higher test scores for multiple reasons, including the fact that students are less distracted. I’m wondering if we’ll see a decrease in cyber bullying, too.
In some areas, nearly half of high schools have deleted the tradition of naming salutatorians and valedictorians.
Honestly, I was (and still am) proud of one of our daughters who ranked #1 out of more than 500 graduates. She worked unbelievably hard for that honor. I’m grateful her achievement was recognized.
Today, the anti-valedictorian movement has strong advocates. As a result, some schools award multiple students with top grade point averages. Other schools have an entire “row of honor.”
In today’s sport, appearance and popularity-driven schools, any recognition of excellent scholastic is worthy of the attention.
If you’ve grocery shopped recently with a tween or teen, you know these kids shop differently than we shopped at their age.
Knowledge is at their fingertips, so it you want to know the effect of adding Chicoree Angel Hair to your salad, just ask your young companion- he’ll have an answer in two clicks, as his phone is probably already on.
Of course, consider it a minor miracle if a tween or teen will even accompany you to a grocery store. They are major influencers of the shopping list, but typically avoid such boring shopping.
The teen trend of hunting for binge-worthy TV is aging down to tweens.
Entertainment execs have used serialized storytelling to fuel the summertime activity. Longer stories result in deeper engagement by viewers.
And of course, digital tech means those screens go everywhere.
Social media has been blamed for triggering teen disturbances at malls.
As a result, an increasing number of shopping centers are banning unaccompanied minors on weekend nights. Although some mall officials add curfews only on holiday weekends, restrictions are becoming more widespread.
Hanging out at the pool has been a traditional place for teens to meet and make new friends; technology has changed that.
Now, social media and playing networked games are prime places. More than half of teens meet new friends online, and that works year-round.
Unplugging is making waves this winter.
Screen addiction – especially to cell phones – has become so widespread among teens, that high schools have identified digital cleanse days.
In some schools, teams or clubs have organized unplug challenges. Ceremonies and rituals are developing around the “turn off” times or “lock down”, as teens prepare to live without screens for 24 hour periods.
But will that brief pause prevent attachment from becoming addiction? It’s worth a try.