Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Monday expressed serious concern over the growing misuse of mobile phones by children in homes and schools.
Misuse of mobile phone kills creativity among children: PSAJK.
In a statement chairman of PSAJK Ghulam Nabi Var said that “misuse of electronic gadgets is not only killing the creativity among children and teens but also pushing them towards moral degradation and other ills.”
Var said that association after deliberations with several schools and experts have decided to take several steps including the imposition of fines, confiscation of mobile phones and counseling, to confront the menace. “With every passing day, the growing use of mobile phones, e-games and other such applications by our students are having a disastrous impact on them. Be it mobile games or video creating applications, uncontrolled use has become a huge problem. It not only distracts students from academics but affects his health and leads to many social ills. We are taking remedial measures and for these to be successful we need cooperation from parents too,” he added.
Var said that the Association has decided to ban the mobile phones and other such electronic gadgets in school premises.
Citing global studies Var said that early introduction to electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, is linked to speech delays in toddlers, reduced sleep and delayed sleep onset. Older children, including teenagers, are also feeling the negative effects of screen time, with poor sleep quality and higher incidences depression (related to social media use in teens).