User Login    
 + Register
News : High School Students In Withdrawal As They Go Tech Free For Three Days
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/30 4:26:26 (358 reads) News by the same author

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - No Facebook status updates. No selfies on Instagrams. No tweets on Twitter or texting about weekend plans.

Click to see original Image in a new window

Some area high school students are putting down their smartphones, tablets, laptops and video games for three days as part of Tech-Time Out. And some are finding it's harder than it sounds to go cold turkey.

"It's already three hours and I'm crying for my phone," Belen Lee said.

Wyandotte High School student teacher Julie Jackson conceived the idea of Tech-Time Out.

"I hope the kids really learn how to focus on one thing at a time, and learn how to balance their academic life with their social life," Jackson explained.

More than 500 students signed up for the challenge.

So instead of posting to their Facebook wall, students are encouraged to use pen and pencil and post pictures to an actual bulletin board and communicate in person.

Wyandotte High School teacher Sarah Futrell said it would help students see how electronic devices are affecting their lives and relationships with people. Some have found they are quite dependent on digital devices for communication and amusement.

"I don't know if they were aware how they could navigate life without it," Futrell said.

Junior Todd Kennedy has found the challenge to be quite hard.

"I'm always with my phone 24/7," he said. "It's hard for me to put it down."

Jennifer Delgado was finding it hard to be without a computer and access to social media. No access to texts, instant messaging and video posting has proven to be harder than some expected.

"I take a lot of pictures. I just like blowing up my phone," Lee said. "Messaging people is a big problem for me."

Sophomore Issiah Matthews wasn't suffering from withdrawal at all.

"It's not a big deal. If I can go all summer without TV, I can go without a laptop or cell phone for at least three days," he said.

Some staffers at Wyandotte High School also signed up to take the challenge.

Naturally once the challenge is over, participants will return to social media and share videos about what they did over the course of the three days sans digital devices.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/10/24 10:28:48 - Solar Farm Topic Of Economic Development Meeting
2014/10/24 10:25:45 - Livingston County Library Encourages Reading To Young Children
2014/10/24 10:23:16 - Festival Of Trees Fund-Raiser Set For November 28th
2014/10/24 10:18:02 - Bogard Woman Seriously Injured In Accident
2014/10/24 10:13:53 - Unionville Man Injured In Accident South Of Unionville
2014/10/24 4:42:51 - 5 Ways To Tell If Someone Is Cheating On You
2014/10/24 4:29:07 - Six Bodies Identified After Decades In Oklahoma Lake
2014/10/24 4:24:30 - Peyton Manning Rips Broncos' Scoreboard Operator
2014/10/24 4:20:18 - How To Teach Kids To Be Nice Online
2014/10/24 4:14:12 - Police: Missouri Inmate Who Attempted Suicide Dies
2014/10/24 4:09:40 - 1 Taken To Hospital After Being Hit By Train
2014/10/24 4:05:48 - 8-Year Old Scores Touchdown, Team Fined $500, Coach Suspended
2014/10/23 10:42:45 - Disaster Declaration Requested For North Missouri Counties
2014/10/23 10:38:01 - THS Marching Band And Color Guard To Hold Recognition Program
2014/10/23 10:35:23 - Snow Removal Bids Sought
2014/10/23 6:38:04 - Trenton Chamber Ambassadors To Hold Annual Halloween Trick Or Treat Night
2014/10/23 6:30:41 - Chillicothe Firefighters Respond To Vehicle Fire
2014/10/23 6:26:35 - Meadville Teen Hurt In Accident East Of Laredo
2014/10/23 6:23:59 - Spickard Man Injured In Accident East Of Gallatin
2014/10/23 4:46:44 - Giant Gold Nugget To Be Sold In San Francisco
2014/10/23 4:30:00 - The Worst Things To Buy At Walmart
2014/10/23 4:17:35 - Iowa Man Pleads Guilty To Missouri Bank Robbery
2014/10/23 4:09:49 - UK Man Faked Coma For 2 Years To Avoid Court
2014/10/23 4:04:17 - Wife Of Wade Davis Forks Over World Series Tickets As Tip To Server
2014/10/23 4:00:50 - FBI Confiscates Hot-Selling Royals Panties
2014/10/22 6:42:06 - Missouri Livestock Symposium To Be Held In Kirksville December 5th
2014/10/22 4:52:49 - Dead Babies In Winnipeg Storage Unit 'Tragic Beyond Belief'
2014/10/22 4:43:12 - Two Sunken Vessels From World War II Were Just Found Off The North Carolina Coast
2014/10/22 4:34:36 - Partial Solar Eclipse to Darken US Skies Thursday
2014/10/22 4:26:06 - Homeless Man Victim Of Knock-Out Game Attack



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM