Approximately 50% of American teens admit that they’re addicted to their cell phones. This can lead to high levels of digital stress when it comes to trying to present as the best version of themselves online on a constant basis. Teachers are starting to notice this stress in their students, and are hastily trying to find a way to combat it. The primary way to do this is by making your classroom a phone-free zone, and by modeling productive behavior such as putting your own phone away when the bell rings.
- Teachers see firsthand the digital stress that their students are under and what that does to their attention span and ability to learn in the classroom.
- Some ways to alleviate digital stress in teens is to have them delete apps that they don’t use and to take day-long breaks from their cell phones and social media accounts.
- Make your classroom cell phone free by setting up charging stations at the front of the room and requiring that students leave them there until the end of class.
“The internet has opened up the world, allowing connection that’s never been possible before. If we want, we can be in touch with someone every minute of every day.”