BYOD Reminders / Consequences Coming / Please Speak to Your Child

Dear Parents,

I wanted to give you a heads up about some behaviors that have been happening on our team — particularly with students who bring phones to school.

We’ve had a serious uptick in students using those phones for disruptive behaviors. There have been several instances of kids texting each other during classes. There have also been several instances of kids using their phones for "social drama." Lots of group chats that are perpetuating meanness — leaving kids out or making fun of kids or picking on kids — and lots of group chats about relationships.

The results have been tough. Crying kids, kids with hurt feelings, kids who feel like they are being pushed out of their social groups — and lots and lots of wasted classtime as we try to manage all of those behaviors.

As a result, our team is going to start cracking down on BYOD rules violations starting tomorrow.

Any student using their device without teacher permission will have their device confiscated and turned into the office, as per school BYOD policy. You’ll have to come and pick up your child’s device if that happens. Devices are not released directly to students after they have been confiscated. More than one instance of breaking BYOD rules will result in the loss of BYOD privileges and an office referral. If we have continued persistent problems, we will be banning devices from all of our classes every day.

You can help by speaking to your kids today. Remind them of your expectations for proper behavior with their devices at school. Establish a consequence that you will enforce if your child has their device confiscated for inappropriate behavior.

You may also want to look through your child’s text messages. From what I’ve informally heard from students on our team, there are some mean and inappropriate conversations happening between students in group chats taking place mostly beyond the school day. I know I have been surprised by the names of some of the kids who are supposedly involved in the conversations. The easiest way to find out if that involves your child is to check their messages.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter