Speaking about the steps taken by the school she says, “In the beginning we felt that a fine of Rs 500 could work as a preventive measure but later we realised that even Rs 500 does not hold value for the students. Also, mobile phones have become a status symbol among the young generation who believe in flaunting their latest gadgets. Thus, we also came up with the idea of providing lockers to the students where they can deposit their phone when they enter the school and can take it back when they leave but unfortunately that did not work out.”
She admits that mobile phones are becoming a weakness for students. “It started with college students and now has traversed to the students of even Class VI and VII. This is not only affecting the studies but also their socialisation. Wherever these children are, they can be seen engrossed with their mobile phones. As a result they spend less time with their parents. There is no limit to the use of the mobile at any hour of the day,” she further adds.
She also discloses that many of the students misuse mobile phones during examinations as they try to cheat with their phones. Giving a message to the parents, she says that the parents should make the children aware that the mobile phones must not turn into their weakness and must be used judiciously.
Cautioning about the health hazards, Rakesh says that at present the people are not anticipating the ill effects of mobile phones but after five to ten years the effects will show. “Some sort of strictness should be there to save our young generation from the disaster which may not be pertinent at present but surely the condition will get out of control if not acted upon sooner,” says Sachdeva.