Remove Individual Technology Devices From K-8 Grade Levels

Remove Individual Technology Devices From K-8 Grade Levels

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Heather Wright started this petition to Heather Wright and

For 3 school years, in Carpenters Middle School in Maryville, TN, my child as well as many other children, have fallen victim to the negative aspects of technology. The school hasn't enforced technology polices, written by their own district. 

On one occasion, my family was homeless for 2 years due to loss of work, not enough jobs to go around in a very small town in Missouri. Upon moving to TN, our child started school at Carpenters Middle School. The district clearly defines buses, used for transporting students to and from school, as school property. A male child on the same bus as my child proceeded to record a video of my child on the App Snapchat, mocking her, teasing her about being homeless, stating "Lived In A Dumpster", in front of all of the children on the bus. My child cried and begged the child to stop recording her and to leave her alone. Upon notifying the school, post incident, it was swept under the rug and forgotten by the school.

Now to fast forward....

As of November 5, 2019, a police report was filed with our local Blount County Sheriff's Department. My child, as well as all school aged children within the district, are given access to the internet at their own discretion. My child borrowed a friends cell phone, because my children are not allowed to own them, and took pornographic pictures of herself and sent them to a stranger on the internet. Come to find out, this person was not who they claimed to be. My child completely disobeyed everything we have taught her, as parents. We are a strict family. We have rules. We have expectations of our children, just like they have expectations of us as their parents. While our child made a very poor choice, and is dealing with very severe consequences, this issue lies very deep. It is not only my child who has fallen into the ways of society and its technological advancements. There are many, and many angry parents who have all had their last straw, in the matter.

This petition is strictly to work towards tighter rules and regulations on the Internet in our Educational systems. We wish to ban individual technology devices to children grades K-8. At this point in time, children are vulnerable. They are not mentally developed to a point of making a conscious decision based on facts and statistics. They do not understand the intricacies of the internet, and/or how detrimental the internet can be to not only their mental well being, but their physical, and emotional well being, as well. Not to mention, the legal trouble they can get themselves into. 

Fact : A minor who sends pornographic media (pictures, videos, etc) to anyone, minor or adult, CAN legally be charged with the very same Felony charges the as the person who receives the pornographic media.

Technology isn't a bad thing. It does much good in todays modern world. But it should not be so easily accessible to small, young children.

Please sign today, help keep our children safe!

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