“The holiday season’s most popular kid gifts – gadgets like MP3 players and iPods – are about to make the trip from underneath the Christmas tree to the classroom.
That has some school administrators concerned about an onslaught of new distractions, and they urge parents to talk with their children about what’s appropriate before the kids head back to class this week.
School officials already are grappling with more students coming to school with cell phones, which can go off in the middle of a math test or swim meet. The digital music players – some of which are smaller than a deck of playing cards and cost up to $500 – are just as easy to hide in a bulky sweater or hooded sweatshirt and can be just as distracting. For young kids, personal video players – about the size of portable CD players – are all the rage and also could show up in classrooms.
Parents need to warn their kids that those expensive gifts are at risk of being stolen or lost at school, said Bloomfield Hills Superintendent Steve Gaynor. But the urge to bring the gadgets may be too great to resist.” [Via LSJ.com]
Ahh, the problems of rich children.
Yeah, I remember bringing my $40 cassette walkman to school with “Appetite for Destruction“. It didn’t even have a rewind button just fast-forward. I’m not sure why 12-year-olds need $500 photo iPods to listen to Avril Lavigne and Clay Aiken durring lunch and recess.