STEMGUYANA’s Position On Student Owned Smart Devices At School
We can think of no reason why a student in primary or secondary (5th form and below) needs to routinely bring a smart device to school. If a child needs a phone, then ‘mango Pelters’ are quite appropriate.”
Students can use family devices while supervised at home, or school devices for special activities at school, [BYOD with permission from teachers]. We believe that consumption of educational content on such devices can be beneficial and should be used in a supervised environment.
Personal smart devices are wholly distracting in a school setting, they can be addictive for your children and children almost always find their way to unauthorized or explicit content.
Moreover STEMGuyana encourages students get behind the screens of devices, meaning they should be learning how devices work, how to take them apart and put them back together [broken devices] and how to code applications for those devices.