SAN FRANCISCO, C.A. (ABC/KGO)– Last week, the unthinkable happened at the Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.
Students 4th grade through high school were asked to put away their smart phones in a sealed envelope with a tamper-proof sticker attached. Students pledge to give up technology and learn how to stay away from the internet.
The students said the features they’d miss most are texting, FaceTime and Netflix. eighth grader Cassie said, “I was at first a little nervous because I spend a lot of time on my phone especially on Instagram but I decided it would be a good thing for me to break away from my phone a little bit.”
During their down time between classes some students played card games, others were introduced to a series of books they had never seen before– an encyclopedia.
A UCLA study showed kids are spending more screen time than ever and it may be affecting their personal growth.
The president of the Schools of the Sacred Heart, Ann Marie Krejcarek, said she’s heard that from students. Krejcarek said, “I know when I feel socially awkward if I’m at a table and maybe I don’t feel connected to the conversation or I’m not sure who I should sit with at lunch, all I have to do is pull out my phone and I have an excuse to not be connected.”
Having some downtime without electronic devices is necessary for the brain to process information. Howard Levin, the Director of Education Innovation, said “Rest time, inactive time when actually our brains are at the most active phase in processing information and our thoughts.”
Some parents also took the pledge to disconnect but only beyond working hours. Most here are betting on the kids.