St Brendan’s National School in Co Kerry, Ireland has introduced a ban on smartphones and certain social media apps and websites. The ban will not only take place inside the school, it will also apply outside school hours. This is welcomed with the full support of parents.
After a number of issues were raised, the school initiated an 11-week pilot programme. Issues included social media messaging groups that children in 6th Class were accessing.
Bearing in mind that the legal age of consent for social media apps is 13, comments and content on Snapchat and Instagram groups were being circulated between pupils aged 11 and 12.
The children were also chatting in social media messaging groups with teenagers.
Principal of St Brendan’s Terry O’Sullivan said parents and teachers were very surprised with what was going on and therefore issued a blanket ban on smartphones in the school and certain social media apps outside of school hours.
While the school uses iPads as educational tools, all technology is used under supervision, Principal O’Sullivan said.
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Here at iKydz, we believe in technology and we don’t believe that a blanket ban on all Smartphones and Social Media apps is the answer.
Children socialise online, it’s where they hang out with their friends and it’s what they enjoy. We believe that applying a blanket ban on social media in school is a good thing, but policing that outside of school is next to impossible without proper controls. To assume otherwise could be considered naïve. The inevitable result of banning children from doing what they consider to be socially normal is that they will continue to access social media behind their parents’ backs.
Children will begin to access social media sites etc behind their parents backs.
At iKydz, we agree with Mr O’Sullivan that technology needs to be monitored. We can’t give children free reign of the Internet but we can and should allow our children to enjoy the Internet safely and in a monitored and moderated fashion.
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iKydz are already running a pilot scheme where we have donated 35 iKydz Pro devices into schools around West Cork. We have teamed up with Minister Jim Daly to bring safer internet to schools in Ireland.
This is an initiative we would like to take nationally.