M-R Superintendent Ed Fletcher Talks Cell Phone Usage in Schools

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Following a declaration from the U.S. Surgeon General that social media poses a health risk to young people, the second largest school district in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District, has voted in favor of a resolution to ban cell phones and social media during school days. Locally, Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher says a decision like that will even-flow by community and individual teachers:

“I think it is going to even-flow by community. Our parents are very used to being able to text their kids and get an immediate response. We are in a day and age where people want instant information, they want instant response. I think ultimately at the end of the day it comes down to individual teachers because kids are going to still try to figure out how to get their phone in class and then schools will have to figure out the consequences if they do have it out in class.”

The resolution out of Los Angeles to ban cell phones is intended to help kids from being distracted by social media, improve learning, lessen anxiety, and cut down on cyberbullying.


**data based on article from Total Traffic News

The second largest school district in the nation is one step closer to banning cell phones and social media during school days. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board proposal is intended to help kids from being distracted by social media, improve learning, lessen anxiety, and clamp down on cyberbullying. The Board members just voted five to two in favor of the resolution to take 120 days to develop new policies, debate them, and pass a final resolution to implement them by next year. On Monday, the U.S. Surgeon General declared social media a mental health risk to young people.

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