Schools in Leyte ban use of gadgets, encourage kids to play “larong-kalye”

Two schools in Leyte have banned the use of gadgets among their students.

The Doane Baptist School and the Doane Christian Academy in Leyte have found a better way to encourage their students to go out and play outside. They decided to ban the use of ipads, smartphones and other gadgets inside their school premises.

Image by Joshua Hocson via Facebook page

Play and physical activities have an important role in the development of children. Aside from promoting their healthy growth and development, it’s also a great way for them to release stress. However, technology and gadgets have changed the way children enjoy their time.

Image by Joshua Hocson via Facebook page

Joshua Hocson, the schools’ Pastor Administrator, decided to issue the ban after he received complaints from parents and teachers that children are spending too much time on their gadgets.

Hocson shared with Moms and Babies, “It was to make them focus on their studies and other academic responsibilities. Also, I noticed that during school events, instead of participating, other students would prefer playing mobile games.”

He added, “Mobile games [is] just like smoking or illegal dr4g use, [which] can cause a person [to] be 4ddicted to it. So we want to break that culture of spending almost all of your time checking your phone. We do it not just by banning it but by counseling as well.”

Since the schools banned the use of smartphones and gadgets, the students have found more ways to entertain themselves. Some goes to the library to study, while some would enjoy playing board games like chess, sports like basketball. Students have also learned to play more physical Pinoy games or “larong-kalye” games like piko, Chinese garter, and langit-lupa, among others.

Hocson also said that the students have developed better interpersonal skills and even improved their academic performance. With the positive impact of the ban to their students and community, Hocson said that the ban is going to stay for years.