2nd-Grader's Note Wishing Cellphones Hadn't Been Invented Reminds Us To Put Down Our Phones

The kids were asked what invention they wished was never created.

Second-grade teacher Jen Adams Beason gave her class an interesting assignment: She asked them to name an invention they wish was never created.


Out of 21 students, four wrote about phones.

Beason shared one of the letters on Facebook with the hashtags "#getoffyourphone" and "listentoyourkids." The young student's letter is an important reminder about cellphone usage, especially for parents.

Courtesy of Jen Adams Beamson

The letter from the second-grader reads, 

"If I had to tell you what invention I don't like I would say that I don't like the phone. I don't like the phone because my panert [sic] are on their phone [sic] every day. A phone is sometimes a really bad habet [sic]. I hate my mom's phone and wish she never had one. That is an invention I don't like." 

The letter was accompanied by a drawing of a cellphone with a large "X" slashed through it and a face with a speech bubble saying, "I hate it."

Beason shared the post on May 18 and it quickly circulated the Internet with a number of parents being impacted by the letter. The original Facebook post, which appears to have been deleted, had been shared around 170,000 times.

BBC reports the letter generated a lot of discussion with other teachers who shared times they also talked about technology usage with their students. One said, "We had a class discussion about Facebook and every single one of the students said their parents spend more time on Facebook than they do talking to their child. It was very eye opening for me." 

On Twitter, others are sharing their reactions: 

Being mindful of cellphone usage and how it affects our relationships is important to all of us, especially parents. USA Today reported on a study published in Child Development that discussed "technoference" and how technology-based interruptions can impact parent-child interactions. 

Maryam Abdullah, Phd., Parenting Program director of the Greater Good Science Center, suggests three tips for helping parents put away their cellphones. First, she encourages parents to put their phone in another room when they're trying to teach their children something new as interruptions can impact development. 

Secondly, she suggests parents keep phones in their back pockets when at kids' activities as children notice when you're not paying attention. The moment should be used to show kids it's their time in the spotlight.

Lastly, she encourages parents to consider whether phones could be the cause of parent-child conflict. Abdullah points out that studies suggest parents who are pouring over their phones respond more harshly to kids misbehaving. What's more, kids may be more inclined to engage in risky behavior to get their parents' attention. 

All in all, the letter is a great reminder to all of us to be more mindful of the way we use our cellphones around each other. 

(H/T: Buzzfeed)

Cover image via  Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley I Shutterstock


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