With today’s use of mobile devises , students are sometimes concentrate on who is texting them instead of focusing on the task at hand. A lot of junior and senior high school students brag about sending tens of thousands of texts per month. While students are sending and receiving texts , they are not giving their attention to a topic being taught or instructions from an instructor . I am not trying to say that texting is bad . I use texting myself. What I am trying to say is that we should to instruct our children when it is ok to text and time to focus on current tasks . Even though children will insist that they can multi-task , most of them can not.
How can a parent know if his/her child is texting excessively during math class ? Many mobile phone carriers can give you a list of dates and times when text messages were sent . Just compare the list with your child’s bell schedule. It will be easy to tell if your child is texting during class , or waiting to text at lunch or between classes .
What can parents do about misusing texting? First of all , parents have to decide that texting is not permitted at school (unless there is an emergency). Also, there needs to be an understanding on what constitutes an emergency. I have seen parents text their child in an algebra class to find out what he/she wants for for dinner (I am not joking ). This is not an acceptable text during class. Also, if you need to text about a non-emergency, have your student reply at the proper time. For children that refuse to stop texting during class , your cell phone carrier may have a way that will allow you to determine times when texting (receiving and/or sending) is active on your student’s phone. This service ranges from free to around $15 per month.
will will an appropriate use of texting help the school environment? First , many schools instruct teachers to take cell phones that are being used in class. Many times students refuse to hand in their phones and create a major disruption in class.
It is better to help your child understand where and when texting can take place . Otherwise, schools will have to take matters into their hands . This could include signal-blocking wall coatings that will block cell phone signals from entering or leaving the building . As parents, let’s get this issue controlled so that drastic measures will not need to be taken .