Putting phones on lockdown

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Middle schoolers at Carter Community in Durham, North Carolina are using a new kind of locker…. for their phones! Each morning, students place devices in Yondr locking cases.

Principal Lamanda Pryor says phone distractions in the classroom is a growing problem, “When you take a phone from a teenager it’s always a struggle they do not want their phones away from them.”

But now, the Yondr cases let students keep phones in their possession without being able to access them.

It’s actually a pretty low-tech solution to a high-tech problem. The pouches are made of neoprene and hard to get into. The lock is magnetic so only the teacher can unlock it using a base at the end of the day.

And it’s not just a problem with teens. The locking pouches are also used at concerts, weddings and comedy shows. Yondr says the intention is to help people be more present.

Students say it’s working. Ryan Chavis is an 8th grader and adds, “Since it’s locked in pouch, you cant really be as attached to your phone as much as you were before.”

Grades are improving. Noe Velazquez is a student and says he noticed an improvement, saying, “A letter grade went up!”

And it’s having a social impact.

Gryamah Hart is a student who says, “Kids can get on social media and start so much, but by using Yondr it helps us keep away from the bad negativity.”

Big differences, from a small pouch with a simple mission. 

To keep phones out of reach.

Principal Pryor says the cost of those pouches was just a few dollars per student.

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