October 21, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pondering Yondr

Coming into San Mateo High School this year, all I could hear people talking about was Yondr. In past years students of SMHS could keep their phones with them the entire day. After testing Yondr in December of last year, the Administration of SMHS put Yondr in action.

I have heard many negative opinions about Yondr. Many people say that Yondr limits a parent’s connection with the kids and the parent’s ability to make sure the kid is safe. It also limits our ability to communicate and be able to keep ourselves updated on current events. But I think that Yondr is a good idea. It allows students to be in the moment and connect with friends and focus more in class. 

Yondr allows students to participate more in class, and students are able to be much more social. In a KQED story, Ms. Adamcikova, a teacher at San Mateo High School, said that phones are a “sort of a constant distraction and detriment to regaining focus in the class.” Yondr has improved the overall focus and energy of the students of San Mateo High School by giving students the tools to be more social. Michiaki Sato, a sophomore at San Mateo High School, said in a KQED story about Yondr, “The noise level in the hall is louder than it has been so I feel people are talking far more … I think it’s improving the way people interact with each other.”

Many teenagers overdo the time that they spend on their phones. Allina Health, a website about healthy lifestyles, says that it is medically healthy to have an average of two hours of screen time or less each day. Though according to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online. Yondr helps you regulate the time that you spend on your phones. 

Many comedy shows, concerts, and schools already use Yondr. This school year, more than 1,000 schools nationwide are using it, as well. Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, a well-known rapper who uses Yondr in his concerts, said, “I wanted to give people an experience. I think telling people to put their phones away really forces a person to be present.” Though high school is different from a concert we can still benefit from the same kind of attentiveness. Some adults constantly talk about how high school was the zenith of their youth and one of the best eras of their life. If we have phones that constantly distract us how will we experience something that we will remember for a lifetime?

Many people want a break from their phones without even knowing it. Yondr has allowed people to achieve freedom from phones and enjoy the moment.

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