Mobiles at school don’t harm kids

26 March 2009 — 3 Comments

New research by Michigan State University has found that mobile phone use by young people doesn’t appear to do any harm to their educational achievement.

A three-year study of students from 20 schools found that using mobiles had no effect on the educational results of a group of 12-year-olds.

I’m sure teens will welcome the news by continuing to text message in class! 😉
The study also looked at video game use which showed mixed results:

while the researchers found a strong relationship between video games and lower results, gaming did not appear to affect skills in mathematics and actually had a positive relationship with visual-spatial skills.

Interesting news for all those involved with young people, but specifically those in school environments. How can this research be incorporated into lessons?

Link via @joshdhaliwal on twitter


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

3 responses to Mobiles at school don’t harm kids

  1. In 1980 or 1981 when I was at infant school, I recall the class being asked in one by one to “the quiet room” where a strange black box in a nest of wires attached to a cassette player seemed to have landed on the table. The curtains, I remember, were drawn in reverence of this strange new thing and a hushed atmosphere prevailed.

    I was given a times table test to do on the “computer” with the promise that if I got all the questions right the “computer” would then let me play space invaders. I was left to it. I got all the questions right. I did not play space invaders as I had no idea what it was or how you were supposed to play it.

    No doubt the use of computer games in education has got a lot better over the years?

  2. LOL! Thanks Charlotte, that brings back memories!

    I remember having a BBC Acorn in our classroom with the huge floppy
    disks. We had to take turns to use it too!

    I think educational ICT has got a lot better since then.

  3. But of course. Kids having mobile phones is pretty much of an advantage for parents. I don't think that this would cause harm on their studies as well.

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