Thursday, May 19

The mobile is here to stay. Removing digital tools from school does not help anyone.

The school equips us a lot. But we do not learn to handle digital, writes Ella Fyhn (17).

Me, princess Ingrid Alexandra and thousands of other young people are struggling with the same thing: putting away their mobile phones.

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On 18 January, associate professor and copywriter Per Røssum wrote a post about screen addiction in Aftenposten. Many of his analyzes are good, but at the same time an important nuance is missing.

Me, princess Ingrid Alexandra and thousands of other young people are struggling with the same thing: putting away their mobile phones. I want to define myself as a patient in a “sheltered ward”, with a mobile addiction out of control.

We who are young today have grown up with many digital gadgets. Since I was little, I have loved watching series on Ipad, reading news on the phone and being active on social media. I experience this as a positive element in everyday life.

At the same time, it can be disruptive when you are unable to control its use.

Lack of digital education

The school equips us a lot. But we do not learn to deal with digital. It is not the screen itself that is the problem.

If we who are young today had gotten good digital habits at school, we probably would not have been as dependent.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra could tell NRK that she had to delete one of her apps.

If we learn how to use these tools correctly, the transition to less controlled frameworks and adult life will be easier. In far too many schools, the approach to the problem is to introduce a form of mobile phone ban.

This is a temporary solution that does not give us knowledge or good habits for later in life. When I start university, no one is going to lock my phone in a locker until I finish my assignments.

The mobile is here to stay

Screen addiction can undoubtedly be a widespread problem for many young people. But the mobile is here to stay. Removing screens and digital tools from school does not help anyone.

On the contrary, digital tools are fantastic if used properly. It would have been catastrophic if the school took a step away from learning tools with so much potential. We just have to learn to use them better.


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