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Electronics at school....

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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What is your school's policy on allowing kids to bring in their personal electronics, such as Nintendo DS and iPads?

My son's elementary school allows it, and I have a huge issue with that. The kids have to leave the items in their backpacks - which are in lockers in the hallway and out of their sight for most of the day - and are only allowed to use them at the end of the day. My concern is they are easy to steal when they are out of sight like that, and it is tempting for other kids to do bad things with someone else's stuff. Our son is upset with us because we won't let him take his Kindle to school. He keeps saying "but the teacher allows it." Great, we don't. 

Personally, I don't think they should be allowed at all. They are a distraction, IMO. 

What is your school's policy and how do you feel about allowing electronics at school?

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SweetPea2004
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I firmly believe in no electronics 

frndlyfn
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:26 PM

They are not allowed unless there is a "bring your favorite toy/item" to school day.   Their backpacks stay in the classroom but on a hook or cubby area.  I forgot to see how dd's classroom was set up this year for coats/bags.

Barabell
by Barbara on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The handbook says no electronics, but they allow it as long as it's only used on bus rides. We would let my son take electronics to school when we felt he would be responsible with them. He's never had them stolen or taken away.

GwenMB
by Gwen on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

They aren't allowed to use any electronics (including cell phone) during the school day unless they have permission from a teacher.  I see no need for them to have them at school - assuming my boys had any, which they don't.

Andrewsmom70
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Gifted students are allowed to bring technology on the day they are served by the gifted specialist. Some of their work from their general Ed class is online and they do research projects and such so they can use their technology if they prefer. Our county is very poor overall and our technology is is bad shape. So, a lot of the kids do have iPads they bring for gifted day.

Thankfully due to SPLOST, we are in the midst of completing a new school. Once in the new school, all students will be allowed to bring their own technology but will only be allowed to use it as the teacher allows. Parents and students sign off with the understanding that if they bring technology, the school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. It's just a risk people are taking by sending it with their students.

I'm ok with kids having technology in the classroom as long as it's for educational purposes. 

DrDoofenshmirtz
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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We allow e-readers, laptops (with teacher permission) and cell phones, but nothing is locked up, so it is bring at their own risk as we don't even have lockers. 

I think in this day and age it is impossible to ban electronics and even more impossible to police, so a "bring at your own risk" policy makes sense.  You, as the parent, has the right to say no.  Being a parent isn't always easy and you have to disappoint your child.

thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I have no idea, I wouldn't let him take it anyway even if he was allowed, I'd be afraid he would lose it or it would get stolen. Pretty sure it's not. At least not in 1st grade.

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

 Electronics are not permitted at our elementary school.  If a child brings an electronic device, it is confiscated, and locked up in the principal's office until a parent can come retrieve it. Our middle and high school have a bring at your own risk policy.

momtoBrenna
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

They are not allowed at dd's school. The school does have a large set of electronics for the kids to use. Now for ds, he is Eschooling so it's moot.

deltadawn1975
by Melissa Dawn on Sep. 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Their school guidelines state no electronic items (if they have after school care besides going home, they have to leave them in their backpacks) I do not allow my daughter to take her ds with her.

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