In late August, the Ministry of Education, the National Health Commission and six other government departments launched a multilayered action plan to help battle nearsightedness in children. One of the regulation is to call on schools to keep such devices for the students during school time if they bring them to school, with the aim of curbing the incidence of myopia.
As well as forbidding students from bringing cell phones and tablets to class, the action plan asks teachers not to rely on electronic devices when teaching and giving assignments and asks them to assign only written homework. Shandong's regulation is significant, according to a local health expert.
However, research shows being uncomfortable with uncertainty is associated with students feeling distracted and tense during tests. The more uncomfortable young people are with uncertainty, the higher the number of co-occurring psychological problems they report experiencing.
Some teachers think that phones are distracting, addictive and anxiety-inducing and they agree to keep teenagers from the mobile phone in the classroom.
“First, mobile phones are too easily used at the expense of face-to-face communication. Teenagers can message, avoiding a more challenging conversation.
Second, smartphone apps and messages prompt dopamine release, creating addiction.
Third, the mere presence of one's phone consumes attention even when it's not being checked. It's been shown we have reduced working memory capacity and fluid intelligence when our phone is upside down, silent on our desk compared to when it is in another room.” one teacher said.
According to a WHO report, the myopia rate among Chinese primary school students - nearly 40 percent - is the highest in the world. The percentage of primary school students with myopia should be capped below 38 percent by 2030, with less than 60 percent of middle school students and less than 70 percent of high school students nearsighted, the action plan says.
It recommends that children's use of electronic screens not exceed 15 minutes in a single session and not more than one hour a day. In addition, authorities will further regulate the total number of online games available and take measures to limit the playing time of minors.
The plan also includes specific requirements regarding homework loads for students. For example, middle school students should aim to complete homework each day in less than 90 minutes, and there should be just one set of exams a semester for first-and second-graders in primary school.
Will you agree with the new regulation?
Do you think it really helps to solve the problem?