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California High School Bans Students From Using Smartphone | NBC Nightly News


BUT TONIGHT ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TAKING ACTION. DISTRICT IS TAKING ACTION. HERE’S JO LING KENT. ACTION. HERE’S JO LING KENT.>>Reporter: JUST HALF HERE’S JO LING KENT.>>Reporter: JUST HALF AN HOUR DOWN THE ROAD>>Reporter: JUST HALF AN HOUR DOWN THE ROAD FROM APPLE AND GOOGLE AN HOUR DOWN THE ROAD FROM APPLE AND GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS IN THE FROM APPLE AND GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS IN THE HEART OF SILICON HEADQUARTERS IN THE HEART OF SILICON VALLEY, KIDS ARE HEART OF SILICON VALLEY, KIDS ARE TRADING SCREEN TIME VALLEY, KIDS ARE TRADING SCREEN TIME FOR SCHOOL TIME. TRADING SCREEN TIME FOR SCHOOL TIME.>>I LOVE NOT HAVING FOR SCHOOL TIME.>>I LOVE NOT HAVING MY PHONE TO BE HONEST.>>I LOVE NOT HAVING MY PHONE TO BE HONEST.>>I THINK LUNCHTIME MY PHONE TO BE HONEST.>>I THINK LUNCHTIME SHOULD BE AT LEAST>>I THINK LUNCHTIME SHOULD BE AT LEAST ALLOWED TO HAVE YOUR SHOULD BE AT LEAST ALLOWED TO HAVE YOUR PHONE. ALLOWED TO HAVE YOUR PHONE.>>Reporter: BEGINNING PHONE.>>Reporter: BEGINNING THIS SCHOOL YEAR THE>>Reporter: BEGINNING THIS SCHOOL YEAR THE 1700 STUDENTS AT SAN THIS SCHOOL YEAR THE 1700 STUDENTS AT SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOLS 1700 STUDENTS AT SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOLS MUST LOCK UP THEIR MATEO HIGH SCHOOLS MUST LOCK UP THEIR PHONES BEFORE HEADING MUST LOCK UP THEIR PHONES BEFORE HEADING TO CLASS. PHONES BEFORE HEADING TO CLASS.>>YOU’RE HERE TO TO CLASS.>>YOU’RE HERE TO LEARN, WORK WITH YOUR>>YOU’RE HERE TO LEARN, WORK WITH YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. LEARN, WORK WITH YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. AND WE START GETTING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. AND WE START GETTING AWAY FROM THAT BECAUSE AND WE START GETTING AWAY FROM THAT BECAUSE OF THESE DEVICES AND AWAY FROM THAT BECAUSE OF THESE DEVICES AND HOW ADDICTIVE THEY CAN OF THESE DEVICES AND HOW ADDICTIVE THEY CAN BE. HOW ADDICTIVE THEY CAN BE.>>Reporter: STUDENTS BE.>>Reporter: STUDENTS SLIDE THEIR PHONES>>Reporter: STUDENTS SLIDE THEIR PHONES INTO THIS YONDER POUCH SLIDE THEIR PHONES INTO THIS YONDER POUCH AND LOCK IT UP. INTO THIS YONDER POUCH AND LOCK IT UP.>>LAST YEAR A LOT OF AND LOCK IT UP.>>LAST YEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE SPEND LUNCHES>>LAST YEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE SPEND LUNCHES LOOKING AT THEIR PEOPLE SPEND LUNCHES LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES AND NOT TALKING LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES AND NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER. PHONES AND NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER. THIS YEAR EVERYONE — TO EACH OTHER. THIS YEAR EVERYONE — THERE’S NOTHING ELSE THIS YEAR EVERYONE — THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT TALK. THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT TALK.>>Reporter: IN FACT, TO DO BUT TALK.>>Reporter: IN FACT, 95% OF AMERICAN>>Reporter: IN FACT, 95% OF AMERICAN TEENAGERS OWN A MOBILE 95% OF AMERICAN TEENAGERS OWN A MOBILE DEVICE. TEENAGERS OWN A MOBILE DEVICE. 70% CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA DEVICE. 70% CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA SEVERAL TIMES DAILY. 70% CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA SEVERAL TIMES DAILY. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS SEVERAL TIMES DAILY. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS FOR MEDICAL REASONS THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS FOR MEDICAL REASONS AND EVERY STUDENT HERE FOR MEDICAL REASONS AND EVERY STUDENT HERE GETS THIS POUCH FOR AND EVERY STUDENT HERE GETS THIS POUCH FOR THE YEAR. GETS THIS POUCH FOR THE YEAR. AND IF YOU WANT TO GET THE YEAR. AND IF YOU WANT TO GET A SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR AND IF YOU WANT TO GET A SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR PHONE, WELL, THERE IS A SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR PHONE, WELL, THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO DO PHONE, WELL, THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO DO THAT. NO EASY WAY TO DO THAT. EIGHT PHONELESS HOURS THAT. EIGHT PHONELESS HOURS LATER, STUDENTS ARE EIGHT PHONELESS HOURS LATER, STUDENTS ARE SAVED BY THE BELL, LATER, STUDENTS ARE SAVED BY THE BELL, TAPPING THIS DEVICE TO SAVED BY THE BELL, TAPPING THIS DEVICE TO UNLOCK THEIR POUCH, TAPPING THIS DEVICE TO UNLOCK THEIR POUCH, REUNITED, RECONNECTED UNLOCK THEIR POUCH, REUNITED, RECONNECTED AFTER TAKING TIME TO

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  • ??? guess

    A San Mateo High what happens if there is a mass shooting or other emergencies where the EMTs, fire or police need to be contacted

  • Pohaku Mana

    San Mateo High School District is one of the best areas in the country. Having an education from there you assume the rest of the country gets at least as much. not so much

  • Valkyrie Jessica Brown

    Without Mobile Devices I'm all for having Phones out on Breaks Breakfast Or lunch in the Cafeteria or if there isn't something to do then that's fine What would have Happened to the Students if tragedy struck it's one of those things you have to think about it's a dangerous time Right now it use to be safe when I was growing now it isn't

  • justrosy5

    Good! Finally, that generation gets told (at least a soft) "No!" Now, take their phones away PERMANENTLY until they can PAY THEIR OWN PHONE BILLS. You know, like it was for the REST of us. Nothing wrong with phoneless kids AT ALL. They learn REAL survival skills, and, again, how to take "No!" for an answer!!! You do that, and you'll see far fewer mass-shootings, because they won't be such TRIGGERED SNOWFLAKES about things that don't matter, like LEGAL assylum seekers, and so much more!!!

    People, mass-shootings aren't only a uniquely American Problem. They're not even only uniquely a white, straight/cis-male problem. They're also a GENERATIONAL problem. That generation was NOT RAISED RIGHT, and guess who they hate the most? Not only POC, but also older POC. Why? Because they don't ever get told "No!" by anyone until they hit their young adult years, and all the sudden they have to deal with older people in the world who aren't their parents or grandparents… Older people who understand the VALUE of saying "No!" a LOT – and who aren't afraid to say it to younger adults who weren't parented right… When are people going to get a clue? It's not only the propoganda that's getting 'm online. It's how they're being spoiled rotten in the first place, then one day, they get told "No!" and they don't know how to handle it because they were never taught right to begin with…

    Anyway, let the "No!" start with their stupid phones!!!! Glad there are medical exceptions, but really, that's it. That's the only actual use for those phones. Teach those kids to learn to take "No!" for an answer, and guess what? There goes the trite "reasoning" they all give for wanting to have them, "What if there's a mass-shooting at school?" Yeah, there won't BE mass-shootings every other F'n day. They'll be NORMAL kids living NORMAL lives, just like the REST OF US DID when we were kids.

    Or is that too much to ask?????

  • bandrukesucks

    Prohibition never works. Never has, never will. IN A MORE SERIOUS MATTER, THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IS ON FIRE AND WILL BECOME A GLOBAL CATASTROPHE IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE SOON. IT HAS BEEN 3 WEEKS. WHY IS THE NEWS SILENT ON THIS?

  • Cliff Yablonski

    I work in a school district that technically prohibits phones in class but a riot ensues if teachers try to enforce it, it so the kids are glued to their phones all day long.

  • Ka Bar Brother

    Here in Massachusetts, some schools have the kids drop their phones in a holding area when they go into a classroom each period. I think it’s a better system than outright banning them altogether.

  • Emanuel Xocua

    BOI BOIiii BOIiii Teacher get MAD when you TALk Now there getting mad cause we don’t talk?! I thought this was school for teacher that are smart not dumb

  • NatureMan 1

    How about instead of banning the inevitable, try integrating technology into learning. They are basically banning a culture. Some kids find it easier to learn on technology that they are used to and comfortable using. I know from personal experience. I had a lot of anxiety, and transitioned to online public school at home. I did everything on the computer for 6 hours per day. Learn at your own rate, and ALL on computer, tablet, or phone. In a physical school technology can be used for communication. Show friends your pictures, social medias during lunch. Use computers/tablets for reading and studying during class. The teachers and administers think that if it's not how it was when they grew up in the 50s with nothing but pen and pencil it is immoral! It's only a matter of time before they ban calculators!

  • redyoshi777

    Actually wish they did this at my high school. People are missing out on genuine human connection and it's heartbreaking. 🙁

  • Mike The security guard

    Oh yeah school shooting happened’s can’t call 911 or tell your parents your ok! I would keep my phone on me PERIOD

  • Bella Bear

    Okay, here in Texas? If we're caught with our phones GOD FORBID AN AMBER ALERT GOES OFF they take them up and we have to pay to get them back. Is that not normal??

  • Mike Sacco

    Ain’t no way I will make my kid leave phone at home.
    With issues today. She will keep phone on her. If something happened at the school the best info is from someone inside.
    I don’t trust cops etc 100%.
    I trust the people but as a cop you have to play by rules and politics and there’s the issue.

  • J. Nitro

    Wow! Keeping phone's out of schools, great, how are they going to call 911 if a shooter comes to visit? Hey, wait… schools not allowing phone's, another passive idea:instead use the money to advance gun control and stop domestic terrorist. Doesn't make much sense to me.

  • Clayton

    In college, the teacher just embarrasses you if you are found distracting him/her with your phone. To be honest, the mobile device is one of the greatest inventions and should be embraced. It's like if your school had enough money to give all students a laptop so they can learn much more about technically and research, etc. But, the school doesn't have to pay cause their parent's pay for it. Kids are smarter now cause of mobile devices. However, they should be taught how to develop apps or something. That's where the world is moving toward… automation.

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