How many of us parents loathe what we see screens doing to children, particularly to their relationships with others? Yet, for the most part, we surrender to the mounting pressure that a child have a smart phone or tablet by the time they turn 12, or sooner. The research pointing to the developmental consequences of smart devices in the hands of our children is only growing, yet the surrender continues.
To combat the growing dependency on these devices and the problems they pose to learning, we decided to make Ambleside a device-free zone. A green space of sorts, where students and teachers are free from the tyranny of senseless distraction. The sky stayed in place and remained blue (it might be more blue now). In fact, more joyful, attuned relationships have been the consequence of removing these devices, not to mention even higher levels of academic engagement.
For further reading on the reasons why schools should move away from allowing devices on campus, see the article below. Enjoy!