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Should smartphones and tablets be completely banned or integrated in the classroom? Two schools in North Rhine-Westphalia pursue opposite strategies.

Cell phones and tablets in school: between bullying and media literacy

Should smartphones and tablets be completely banned or integrated in the classroom? Two schools in North Rhine-Westphalia pursue opposite strategies.

Cell phones and tablets in school: between bullying and media literacy
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    In Class 9 of Anne Frank Gymnasium in Werne, students read a text by Otfried Preußler – in original and revised version. Teacher Katrin Beimdiek discusses with you which words have been changed. "A pupil said that word ' Indians ' is no longer used, even though it was still in text in our revised version," says German teacher. "I asked two students to grab phones and watch m." After a short time, y found that "Indians" are actually no longer used in latest version.

    With smartphone learning is almost old-fashioned for Werner school. For four years fifth grader have been equipped at beginning of school: everyone gets ir own ipad, which is used in almost all subjects. During breaks, students are allowed to make unlimited calls, write messages or play online. "We want to deal with new media as openly as society does," says deputy head teacher Elisabeth Greber.

    So digital is far from being case in all German schools. Just under half of 12-to 19-year-olds use smartphones at least sometimes in class. According to study "Youth, Information, (Multi-) media" of Media-Pedagogical Research association southwest of 2017, tablets has collected only one in five experiences at school.

    The figures reflect how divided scientists and teachers are in conflict about proper handling of mobile devices. While one part relies on making children competent and motivated by active use, many schools impose taboos. In Bavaria, for example, use of mobile phones since 2006 is prohibited by law, in or federal states some schools voluntarily opt for similar rules. They fear distraction, encapsulation and cyberbullying.

    For Cybermobbingattacken, mobile phone is mostly used

    Monika Raabe, head of school at a comprehensive school in Cologne-Mülheim, has experienced many cases of cyberbullying in her teacher career. Once students photographed anor under toilet door and uploaded photo on Internet. Ors set up a so-called hate page on net, on which sentiment was made against individual classmates. And ever since WhatsApp was re, it has often come to her that youngsters arrange for brawls in vicinity of students. "A lot of rubbish is being done with devices," Raabe says.

    Their experience coincides with results of a survey of Alliance against Cyberbullying. It shows that 13 percent of students have been insulted, threatened, or exposed by digital media. In more than half of cases, attacks were made via mobile phones. The consequences range from anger and anxiety to alcohol or tablet consumption and even suicidal thoughts among those affected.

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