“Smartphone Usage Reconfirmation Kit”

Characteristics

  • Through work using your senses, visualize and rediscover how to use the smartphone for yourself and your kids
  • To make an opportunity to talk about the smartphone use at home
  • A workshop learning material, suitable to implement anywhere such as school

Introduction of Content

With the recent trend of the increased use of information technology and the lowering in the age of using smartphone or tablet, parents among families with elementary and junior high school students need to guide their children in the use of mobile phones and smartphones. It’s been a while since schools showed various risks and advised “have a decent talk with kid at home.” So, how and what exactly should we talk about?
It is important in supervising children’s smartphone use to define the purpose of daily use as clearly as possible and to make them try to use the phone with a proper perspective to meet the purpose.
This kit is to visualize the purpose of smartphone use that you are usually vague about. It is invented so that each user can deliberately realize the smartphone use through the discussion with others.
It is quite simple to use. “Purpose cards” show reasons to use the phone. All you need to do is put the cards on the sheet, which has three columns, “Need to use”, “Better to use”, and “No need to use”. There are no rules about how to interpret the purpose card. It is up to you. Within a couple of minutes of work you will see the characteristic of your smartphone use emerge.
The next step is to ask questions about how you classified the purpose cards. For example, How much do you need games? Or What kind of game do you want to play? Have a frank and candid discussion about whatever you concerned. If there are several kits, participants can join the discussion with their own thoughts of the smartphone use. omparing the smartphone use to each other, they can exchange opinions and questions about the same and different points.
Thus, while you are explaining your own way to use, it makes it clear to yourself the purpose of the smartphone use. If you discover the way of use that seems to be wrong for children, you can consider specific cautions or rules. Thus, it develops further guidance.
Smartphone use varies from person to person. Many people believes that their way of using smartphones is a good way. Therefore, your way can differ from others or the way that is considered right. The kit can identify the underlying awareness and opinion and define the point to be careful for daily use, which makes it easy to do a lecture.

▲Discovery Kit

▲Each person clarify their own way to use the smartphone

Development History

The usual guidance on “Children’s mobile and smartphone use” focuses on the one-way supervising of the children’s use by the guardian who understands the risk. This method can deal with troubles and specific problems, on the other hand it has a weakness of coping with problems such as the disordered life style and the dependance on the media. his kit was invented as a supporting tool with the main aim of enriching home education. It helps children to become able to independently deal with the media depending on the growing process of each child.

Introduction Examples

1. Home guide

The kit provides the conversation between a parent and child about “the proper use of mobile and smartphones”. The parent learns the children’s way of use and the purpose, while the child learns how the parent thinks. In understanding the difference between each other, it makes them think about what is the “proper method”. Given the opportunity to consider specifically what they found out through the conversation, the home guide is naturally developed. If there is anything concerning, they set a rule which they can refer to when they check the daily use. In this way, they can build the continuous guidance.
On the other hand, having a regular conversation using the kit, you can observe the change of the purpose of the smartphone use depending on the growth of the child.

2. Classroom (Information moral)

As a part of the education of information moral, it is introduced into classroom to fairly evaluate the reason to use and recognize the difference in the use between each other.
The discussion among the classmates provides new ideas that differ to the conversation with the parent. Then, teachers advise them on both same and different points revealed thorough the discussion. Thus, they can teach about “the distorted purpose” and “ the controversial use from the educational standard” that are likely to be formed among children. A good aspect of the kit is to create an opportunity to think about what is right to each person.
This lecture method is a nice match for the active learning that is going to be introduced in future.

3. Mobile phone guide lecture

This tool does not provide an enlightening lecture that maintains the audience’s attention through listening, but rather a workshop that the audience takes part in by exchanging their thoughts. The participants can rearrange their own thoughts. By taking the kit home, on top of that, they feel they should try it soon.

▲Scene at a teachers’ training meeting

▲Scene at a PTA training meeting

4. Community event

Visitors practice the kit, and post the results on the wall so that people can compare with each other. There are differences of the use in ages as well as genders. The parent and guardian who join together with the child can individually analyze how children use the mobile and smartphones by checking out the sheets posted on the wall. Additionally, looking at the sheets together with the parent and child, they can swap their opinions.
The notice boards alone provide various discoveries. It is a good part of the project.

5. As a communication tool

The user’s view of life and character influence on how to use the mobile and smartphones. You can use the kit as a communication tool to understand each other.

▲The result of visitors at the event

Sale of the kit/ Distribution of a simplified version

※This kit has been sold(Association of Media Study NPO

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