With technology changing every day, there are more ways for residents to connect with their co-workers, family and friends.
Smart devices are used in almost every home, with some residents having more than one device on their person, like a cellphone in their pocket and a smartwatch on their wrist. One study suggests that some students may be using “wearable” devices as a way to text during class or cheat on assignments.
A report of about 600 parents by Hart Research Associates and the Family Online Safety Institute found that about 10 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 12 have their own wearable device, such as a smartwatch or fitness tracker, with 21 percent having access to a device from their parents or sibling.
According to the report, “Connected Families: How Parents Think & Feel about Wearables, Toys and the Internet of Things,” parents were considered to have “connected” children if they owned or had access to at least one of the following: a tablet or iPad; video game console; cellphone or smartphone; iPod or handheld device that has Wi-Fi or internet capability; or a desktop computer or laptop.
The following parents in the report consider themselves to be “highly connected households” include:
• About 45 percent of parents indicate their child has three or more of their own connected devices, and another 41 percent say their child has one or two of their own connected devices. Just 14 percent say their child doesn’t have any connected devices of their own.
• Parents report spending an average of 6.2 hours per day using electronic devices at home.
• Smart TVs are the most widespread smart home device among parents of connected children: two-thirds of parents have one in their home.
Internet-enabled home security systems, internet-enabled thermostats and smart speakers are less commonly owned, but 38 percent of parents say they have at least one of them in their home, and many more are considering getting them.
• In households that have them, parents report heavy use of connected devices — particularly smart TVs and voice-controlled smart speakers — by their children.
Overall, parents are more likely to say the potential benefits of their child using technology outweigh the potential harms, but nearly half of parents think the benefits and harms of technology are about equal, according to the report.
At Cleburne ISD, officials said they have certain policies when it comes to cellphone usage it depends on the campus.
“Cleburne High School is proactive when it comes to academic honesty, in giving teachers discretion in policing cell phones and smart watches when administering tests,” CISD Community Relations Director Lisa Magers said.
Cellphones are not permitted at TEAM School, which was a campus administrative decision, Magers said.
In the student handbooks for Cleburne High School, Smith and Wheat middle schools and all the elementary campuses, the district permits students to have personal “mobile devices,” but they must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes.
“A student must have approval to possess other telecommunications devices such as netbooks, laptops, tablets or other portable computers,” according to the handbook. “The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
“If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The student may pick up the confiscated telecommunication device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.”
Magers said the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program lists cellphone violation/misuse of a wireless communication devices as text messaging tests or sharing school work information with others, taking pictures, sending pictures, “sexting,” cyberbullying and/or displaying pictures or other visual materials with a cellphone.
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