Cell Phone Permit is here to demonstrate healthy digital citizenship which promotes anti-addictive behavior, understanding of helpful vs harmful online practice, and adherence to high standards when conducting yourself on mobile devices. This is a special 20-hour course designed for teenagers who have never had a cell phone yet, or are new to using cell phones.
Teen cell phone addiction has become a worldwide epidemic. Tweens (8-12) spend seven hours a day on their digital devices while teens (13-18) are spending up to nine hours a day. With no solution to the cell phone epidemic in sight, what are parents and educators to do? As a result of this rising issue, parents have growing concerns around their kids' digital media use, and they look to schools for advice on parenting in a digital age. Much like in 1927, the public school district in Gilbert, MN identified that driver’s education was necessary to create safe and successful drivers on the road. We have created Cell Phone Permit using the same theory to educate teens on safe and successful use of cell phones. Cell Phone Permit understands the importance of a whole-community approach among educators, students, and parents in creating a healthy relationship with cell phone use. Cell Phone Permit provides new content in topic areas that educators identify as important and urgent. This curriculum equips young people with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the digital world as well as the character and knowledge to ensure they put those skills to use.