I was recently reading about the increasing number of independent schools globally that are banning technology in the classrooms .
In many of the schools the bans apply to children up to the age of 14, with some educational establishments even going as far as making parents sign a contract to say they will not allow their children to use technological devices at home during term time and holidays. TV is also banned.
It may sound a little extreme in our technologically-obsessed society but, according to many of the schools adopting this new philosophy, the purpose of banning technology is to help children become more creative and less focused on consumerism – and they are seeing results.
The technophobic schools are seeing their pupils creating their own activities, interacting more with their peers and thinking more creatively across all subject matters.
Master A is banned from using the iPad and playing on computer games during the school week, and TV is limited to a couple of hours after homework is completed in the evenings.
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However, at the weekend he is allowed more screen and computer time. Noticeably, he becomes a different child; “lost” in worlds in which I cannot reach him; a zombie-like creature akin to the characters that litter his games.
I can be standing in front of him and yet he does not see me; speaking to him but he does not hear me. My increased volume finally snaps him out of his comatose state and he looks at me puzzled no idea where he is and why Mummy is scowling and shouting at him.
Over the weekend, we went to Epping Forest with some friends. Allowed to run free, Master A and the other children were in their element, climbing trees, battling with branches, and creating their own adventures. There was not one plea to play on the iPad or a whine to say they were bored.
It was so refreshing.
Working mum, wondering whether it’s too late to revoke the request to Santa to deliver an Xbox and Lego Dimensions to Master A this Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year