The majority of students in schools, especially secondary schools, expressed their rejection of the Ministry of Education’s decision to ban the use of smartphones during lessons and school breaks, while teachers strongly supported it, instructing students to ban their use and impose penalties on violators.
Despite the importance of the smartphone as it has become a personal necessities, teachers have confirmed that it negatively affects students’ concentration and educational achievement, prompting countries such as France and Japan to decide to ban it inside the school.
Last week, the country’s Ministry of Education issued new instructions prohibiting students from using.smartphones in schools, in order to prevent negative impacts on the educational process. She explained that these instructions do not prevent the use of phones for educational purposes by accompanying teachers.Educational consultant Nagham Abu Al-Heija (Photo by “Arab 48”)
The educational consultant, Nagham Abu Al-Haijaa, considered that the use of smartphones causes harm to students, and therefore their use in schools should have been banned from the beginning.
The educational advisor told Arab 48 that “the Ministry of Education had to take this decision years ago, not now, but it seems that it issued these instructions recently because of the problems that occurred in several schools and with several students who used smartphones.”
She added, “I, in my role as an educational consultant, faced many incidents with students who harmed themselves and other students because of the phone, its wrong use, and causing problems.”
She stressed that “these problems often occur on a personal or collective level in the negative use and wrong use of the phone, and the students’ lack of awareness of the extent of the seriousness and repercussions of this, for example, a student distorting a picture of a colleague or a female colleague and publishing it or photographing others in an inappropriate position and without the knowledge of its owner, Or writings about others without their knowledge, which raises a lot of unrest and questions.”
Regarding the tension that may result from such behavior and its negative impact on the educational process, Abu Al-Haijaa said: “Yes, there is a great impact on students due to the wrong use of smartphones, and its negative impact and impact on all areas of life, and the most severe impact on the educational level, social behavior and relationships. Among the students”.
And she stressed that “using the phone would distract the student’s mind and reduce focus, lack of understanding and assimilation of educational materials, as well as weaken the student’s thinking abilities and creative skills, in addition to this, unfortunately, there is the use of the phone for negative goals among our children, which leads to completely inappropriate behaviors. It leads to moral perversion and the loss of the student’s future, educationally and socially.”
Abu Al-Haijaa concluded by saying that “recently we see an increase in the phenomenon of cyber-bullying, which is part of the widespread violence and causes many problems among the sons of this generation in our society. We must work seriously to eradicate this phenomenon, and parents must cooperate with the teaching staff in order to ban the use of phones. Among students in schools, in addition to that, it is important to clarify instructions to students in order to stop this phenomenon, and parents and teaching staff should take the issue very seriously and implement the law in order to return students to the correct educational path.