Gadget ban in Leyte schools results to students engaging in physical activities

Gadget ban in Leyte schools results to students engaging in physical activities

By Kristelle Bechayda

The advent of modern technology has decreased physical activities among children, who now tend to be hooked in their gadgets instead of interacting with other kids. This does not only pose risks on their overall health and well-being, but also on their academic performances too.

This is what prompted Doane Baptist School and Doane Christian Academy in Leyte to implement a gadget ban, and the amazing effects it has brought to its students have been noticed.

When Joshua Hocson, the schools’ Pastor Administrator, posted photos of the children actively playing and engaging with each other on his Facebook account, it went viral. As of this writing, the post has garnered around 31,000 shares.

Reasons for the implementation

In an exclusive email interview, the administrator shared that the continued complaints from parents and teachers on the children’s excessive gadget use prompted him to establish the ban last February, during the last quarter of the school year.

“It was to make them focus on their studies and other academic responsibilities. Also, I noticed that during school events, instead of participating, other students would prefer playing mobile games,” he said.

With the implementation of the said ban, the students are no longer allowed to use their mobile phones upon entering the school premises, with the exception of emergency situations or anything class-related. According to Hocson, the gadget ban is going to stay for years.

“Mobile games [is] just like smoking or illegal drug use, [which] can cause a person [to] be addicted to it. So we want to break that culture of spending almost all of your time checking your phone. We do it not just by banning it but by counseling as well,” he explained.

Benefits of the gadget ban

Now that the students are no longer using their gadgets, they are engaging in physical activities like playing basketball and are even seen playing traditional Filipino games like piko and Chinese garter.

The students are also more focused now on their studies. The teachers noted the increase in the their grades from the last quarter. “They learned again to spend time studying instead of opening their gadgets. During vacant time, [we] also see them play and talk to one another than just face their gadgets,” he added.

When asked on the importance of implementing the gadget ban, Hocson points out that the excessive use of their mobile phones hinders the students from taking notice of what is going on around them.

“It allows them to see real reactions than just virtual reactions. Also, addiction to mobile games disables a lot of students in enjoying the actual world. It also makes [it] hard [for them] to learn things because mobile games gives them instant entertainment,” he said.