Did you know most secondary teachers have an average of 35 students in a class or a total of 165 students? Did you know most teachers give up enforcing cell-phone policies in their classes? Did you know most teachers do not want to refer students to administrators? Did you know school administrators have so many responsibilities that they even have time for lunches?
Students misusing of cell phones in classrooms is a schoolwide problem that affects teachers, school administrators, and all other staff. When teachers are forced to give up on the battle of cell phones, they leave those students to fail. When administrators do not have a practical solution for cell phones, they allow teachers to make excuses for their high failure rates. Altogether, misusing cellphones have many direct impacts:
- classroom discipline problems
- achievement gap
- high failure rates
- class suspensions
- school fights
As more students from all ages have smart phones, the problem will become a crisis in most TK-12 schools. Cell phones are so cheap, and many parents rely on cellphone as a quick parenting tool. Parents give their children phone as early as third grade.
If TK-6 administrators and teachers do not address this problem in early grades, these students will be more addicted to cell phones in middle and high schools. For high-risk students in unstable families, they are left to fail at an early age until they are dropping out of school.
After more than five years of implementing different cellphone policies in my own classes, I had little success. Below are some of our trials and errors:
- Posters of “No-cellphones” in my classroom and enforce it when I can.
- Greet students at the door and remind students to put their phones away.
- Confiscate students’ phones
- Ask students to put their phones in a drawer
- Pencil Pouches with locks
- Cellphone cages with locks
- Calling parents
- Refer to administrators
- Organizers with charging USB (other teachers tried it, but it did not affect targeted students)
- Extra credits
- Class participation
- School-wide bans policies
I invented Safe Pouch after the incident of Diego’s death to empower today’s educators like us to STOP cyberbullying in schools and create a Phone-FREE school.
After the tragic death of Diego in a nearby middle school (NBC News), I spent my Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break of 2019 to design and invent a solution to STOP cyberbullying in school and creating a phone-free school. As a high science teacher since 2011, I have witnessed the negative impacts of cell phones and social media on students’ grades and behaviors. It is getting worse every day.
Safe Pouch lock students’ phones inside and can are unlocked quickly and easily during an emergency. Safe Pouch allows students to answer calls or make calls during an emergency, lunchtime, or passing periods without removing their phones from Safe Pouch.
School also support Parents to use Safe Pouch at home as a powerful parenting tool and reduce screen time at home.
What are possible measurable benefits that you may observe at your schools when implementing Safe Pouch®?
- Phone-Free schools
- Reduce cyberbully and therefore reduce possible school fights
- Increase students’ engagements and learning
- Increase student achievements for all students.
- No more complaints from teachers about cellphone problems.
- Empower administrators with a high-impact, easy, and immediate disciplinary tool
- Save money. Because cellphone is the underlining cause of many problems. Solving it will also solve many other problems. Altogether, this will save your school a lot of money.
- Most importantly, Safe Pouch is easy, affordable, and sustainable.
When we priced Safe Pouch, we make sure it is affordable, sustainable, and eco-friendly. There are NO ANNUAL LEASE FEE and HIDDEN FEE