By B.N. Frank
Announced last week in Rwanda, The Ministry of Education decided that primary and secondary schools students will no longer be allowed to own or use a cell phone at school, citing distraction.
According to Education Minister, Dr Eugène Mutimura, “…a study conducted by the ministry revealed that when students use phones at school, it affects their studies as they spend most of their time on them and forget about their core duty of studying.”
Gender and Family Promotion minister, Espérance Nyirasafari stated. “How can a student follow classes while chatting on social media, share photos and everything else?”
France has also decided to take the same approach citing the same reasons.
Many schools in the U.S. and around the world have already done this as well.
Research and media reports continue to confirm that we can’t expect all children to practice discipline with their phones and other digital devices. We can’t expect it from all adults either. These devices and their software was deliberately designed to be addictive. Many tech inventors have expressed remorse for their role in this.
Research has also confirmed that cell phone and other sources of wireless WiFi radiation exposure can cause a multitude of health issues including increased cancer risk and disrupting the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak. Exposure is especially hard on children. No safe level of exposure has yet been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.
Over the years, many medical professionals and organizations have encouraged limiting children’s exposure to all sources of wireless WiFi radiation and other sources of electrical pollution (aka Electrosmog). This is why many schools are also replacing WiFi with wired Internet.
Cell phone companies have been warning shareholders – not consumers – about health risks and potential lawsuits based on harm caused by their products. Tech companies continue to design and market their products to everyone from cradle to grave anyway.
With the increasing incidents of school violence, it is understandable that many parents want kids to have phones with them at all times for emergency purposes. However, because teachers have their cell phones turned on at all times and schools are increasing security, it isn’t absolutely necessary that children’s phones be turned on as well.
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Clear Light Ventures
- Dr. Sam Milham
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- In Power Movement
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence