Cell phone ban pays off at Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High School is a place of uninterrupted learning through the use of mobile phones since 2016.

So it was the perfect launching pad for Marlena Kruger, Founder of TechnoLife Wise Foundation and Lien Potgieter, to launch their call for teachers, learners and parents to use technology responsibly.

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Kruger raises awareness of the effects that “the overuse of technology has on our bodies, hearts, minds and souls”. The power of their works lies in the motto “Wait till 8th grade” where parents are asked not to provide their children with phones with internet and social media access until after they reach the age of 14.

TechnoLife Wise Foundation founder Marlena Kruger and Lien Potgieter launch the “Wait Until 8th Grade” pledge call at Roosevelt High School. Photo: Emliy Wellman Bain

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She reiterates that most platforms have a minimum age of 13, which many parents don’t know, but they’re there for a reason. She described the horrors of online sexual predators and people who specifically target children for terrible reasons.

Speaking at the event, she said: “We all love technology, but social media in particular is designed to be addictive and distracting to the user. Excessive use of it makes us limp, stupid and numb.

Lien Potgieter, Marlena Kruger and Roosevelt High School Vice Principal Henk Ferreira after the launch of the TechnoLife Wise Foundation’s “Wait Until 8th Grade” pledge. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

The school’s principal, Willie de Wet, spoke of the many benefits they have seen since implementing their mobile phone policy. “Learners are concentrating more, during breaks they are playing with each other rather than sitting alone staring at their screens and harassment has seen a big drop.”

He described the ban as something that had to be done out of necessity. He described phone theft, vandalism and cyberbullying as very real threats to the school community, much of which has ceased altogether.

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Deputy director Henk Ferreira said: “If we don’t act, we will lose an entire generation of children. We are extremely excited about forming this partnership and hope that other schools will join TechnoLife and get involved. »

Founder of Marlena Kruger, TechnoLife Wise Foundation, calls for ‘Wait Until 8th Grade’ pledges at Roosevelt High School. Photo: Emliy Wellman Bain

If you would like to learn more, or to take the pledge, please visit www.technolifewise.org

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