Viewers Voice: Some viewers not in favor of Bring Your Own Device program in school
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Mar 7, 2014
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A new program in Collier County schools encourages devices, like laptops, iPhones, iPads and tablets but some parents already want to pull the plug on the practice saying it will hurt the way kids learn.
BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is the program in question.
Last year the school district approved the use of the devices for learning in classrooms.
District officials say BYOD is used to keep students engaged and interactive in the classroom even providing a computer or laptop if students don't bring their own.
But one Collier County mom is on a mission to get the tech tools out of student's hands.
"I want to shield them from being involved in social media and being active on the internet as long as possible. My son is not asking to be on Facebook he's not asking to use these apps, the school is introducing that to my son," said Erika Donalds.
Donalds is also the president of The Parents Rock non-profit. She's started a petition to ban BYOD fearing internet dangers and says it's a distraction for kids.
Joan taking to Facebook agrees with Donalds and posted, "Put down the cell phones and iPad. Read a book, learn to script your name. We are only hurting our children by not giving them the basics to learn for themselves."
But Jason thinks the opposite writing, "The world is changing and we must change with it or be left behind! Every year learning changes and we must prepare kids for the world they will live in not the world we have now."
Christine said "Maybe in college but definitely not during basic education years."
Jason added, "I think it should be closely monitored technology. "
School officials say the program also teaches cyber safety and students must be connected to the district's Wi-Fi which filters social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.
The petition has already received more than 70 signatures and it will be presented to the school board at its next meeting on Tuesday.