The Deering High School staff recognizes the need for the responsible use of technology in education. While the advantages of technology are clear, we also understand that if limits for students on where, when and how technology is used are not in place, tech can stand in the way of student success; technology can negatively affect concentration / attention, sleep patterns, and students' social and emotional health. Recognizing that tech in school is a complex issue, we offer our phone policy and suggestions for the use of tech outside the classroom.

1. PHONES: Our phone policy is that phones are to be off and out of sight during class, and students may not bring them with them when they leave the classroom. Some teachers use a shoe rack or a box in a locked closet to stash the phones in during class. There are very few reasons a student would need to have access to a phone during class. If there is an emergency at home, parents can call the main office at 864-8260.  

We strongly recommend that at home, phones be kept in a separate room when students are doing homework and that all devices  be in another room when they go to bed. 

Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep, but phone / computer use is keeping them awake! Apps like Apple's Screen Time limits / tracks how much time a phone is used and which apps are accessible to the student (note that there are many ways to bypass screen time limits set by parents, so you might want to explore the many youtube videos that explain how kids do that). For more information on the impact of phone use on teen learning, see this article from PBS' Newshour about how phone use is causing your teen to be sleep deprived; this article on how social media / phones have caused or contributed to  an increase in depression and anxiety; and this article on how phones limit productivity. This article from Edutopia examines how even when cell phones are off and in a backpack, they continue to have a negative impact on learning.

2. CHROMEBOOKS were purchased by you, the taxpayers, for students' education. They are instead often used after hours (or even during school!) for playing games, social media, and watching Netflix late into the night. Families should set up a 'Family Charging Station' for charging Chromebooks and phones and all other devices OVERNIGHT so that these devices (and phones) are not accessible at night. Some routers and internet service providers offer parental control features to limit access to the internet at night.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents develop and consistently use a Family Media Use Plan that includes the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature (here's a link to how to set it up on an iphone).


"Teaching Children to Concentrate in an Age of Distraction"

Common Sense Media (answers questions regarding responsible use)

"Media and Children"  from the American Academy of Pediatrics 

"Just having your cell phone in your possession can impair your learning"