Electronic devices, such as mobile phonestablets or laptops have become an essential part of our daily lives. They allow us to communicate, inform ourselves, entertain ourselves and learn. However, they can also have negative effects, especially when they are used excessively or inappropriately. What happens when these devices enter the classroom? How do they affect the academic performance and school coexistence What benefits and risks is it used in the educational field?
These are some of the questions posed by the Spanish governmentIn an attempt to encourage a healthy and wholesome relationship between children and technology, the government has announced its intention to ban the use of electronic devices in primary classrooms and regulate their use in secondary schools, with the aim of improving the quality of education and health of children. This measure has generated conflicting opinions The school community, parents and pupils themselves see electronic devices as both opportunities and threats.
In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of this initiativeas well as the role of HonoraliaA company specialising in preventing and combating cybercrime, offering advice, training and protection services to individuals, companies and institutions. Want to find out more about this controversial issue and what the government is up to? Read on!
What does the new law banning mobile phones in the classroom mean?
The Spanish government has announced its intention to ban the use of electronic devices in primary school classrooms and to regulate their use in secondary schools, with the aim of improve students' academic performance and school coexistence.. This measure has generated mixed opinions among the educational community, parents and pupils themselves. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this initiative?
The government's proposal: constraints and objectives
The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, explained that the government's proposal consists of banning the use of electronic devices in primary classrooms and regulating their use in secondary schools, in accordance with each school's educational project. Children may not use mobile phones in school until the age of 12. From this age onwards, they may only do so under the supervision of teachers when it is considered that necessary for the learning process. The initiative also means that students are not allowed to use the devices during break time or in the canteen.
The minister said that the government will seek agreement on the measure with the various actors involved, including the State School Council, where the education community is represented. According to Alegría, "it is our obligation and our interest to ensure that minors can have a healthy and healthy relationship with technological media.".
The popular movement: 'Adolescència Lliure de Mòbil' (Mobile Free Teenagers)
The government's proposal is not the first initiative to limit the use of electronic devices in classrooms. In November 2023, a group of families in the neighbourhood of Poblenou in Barcelona joined forces to ensure that their children would not have electronic devices in the classroom until the age of 16.. The organisation quickly spread to other neighbourhoods of Barcelona and to different cities in Catalonia through groups of WhatsApp y Telegramunder the name of Adolescència Lliure de Mòbil' (Youth without a telephone).
The parents behind the movement point out that there is much peer pressure to buy a phone for their children, because if they don't, their children will be the only ones in the class without one, which in turn complicates the relationship between parents and children. In addition, they consider that the excessive use of electronic devices negatively affects the cognitive, emotional and social development of adolescents, causing problems with attention, concentration, memory, self-esteem, communication and coexistence.
The impact of the ban on electronic devices in the classroom
The movement towards a ban on mobile phones in schools reflects a growing concern about the impact of these devices on students' learning and social well-being. The measure proposed by the Spanish government is in line with similar trends in other countries, such as France, the UK, China and Japan, where benefits have been observed in academic performance and the reduction of distractions and behavioural problems associated with the excessive use of mobile devices in educational settings.
However, it also poses challenges and questions about the how best to integrate technology into education and how to manage its use effectively and responsibly. Some educators and experts see mobile phones as potentially powerful learning tools, which can facilitate students' access to information, collaboration, creativity and motivation. Furthermore, they argue that banning electronic devices is not the solution to prevent cyberbullying, but rather requires digital education that teaches students how to interact safely and ethically online.
Honoralia's role in the fight against cybercrime
At Honoralia we are experts in the prevention and fight against the cybercrime, and we offer advice, training and protection services to individuals, companies and institutions. We are aware of the risks posed by the improper use of electronic devices, especially among minors, who may be victims or perpetrators of crimes such as the cyberbullying, sexting, grooming, identity theft, phishing and hacking.
That is why we always want it to be accompanied by digital education that encourages the responsible and safe use of technology. Honoralia also offers schools, parents and pupils the following services training and awareness-raising programmes about the dangers and opportunities of the Internet, as well as tools for protection and assistance in the event of any incident.
We believe that technology can be an ally for students' learning and development, as long as it is used judiciously, respectfully and with caution. That is why we are committed to continue working to ensure the safety and trust of all Internet users.