Banning Smartphones From Schools Could Create Challenges For Students In Life After School

Expert opposes bans


15 April 2019

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Following some primary schools deciding to ban mobile phones, an international expert has claimed that the move could pose challenges for students in life after school.

The changing skill set of the modern generation is based on multitasking, with psychological science professor Candice Odgers warning against banning the use of the smartphone as a tool in learning.

“It’s likely that we don’t need to develop all-new strategies for dealing with devices, many of the things that work offline are likely to work online, such as developing good communication and social skills," she said, reports SMH.

"Whether you ate potatoes had an effect (on mental health) that was similar or somewhat larger than screen use, so why are we worried about digital technologies more than potatoes with the same type of association?" she said.

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