Dexter is lucky enough to be going on a school trip in June to the Isle of Wight for a week. Lucky to have a Mum like me who’ll cough up nearly £300 that is. (And you can see how much he loves his Mum in this photo!)
His older brother went when he was Dexter’s age, so I couldn’t really say no or I’d be swathed in guilt for the next twenty years with complaints of, “But you let Ben go to the Isle of Wight!” “Dexter, you’re 45 son … give it up already.”
Anyway, we had a meeting last night at school for the parents to find out exactly what the kids will be up to. It sounds brilliant and I’m a bit jealous I’m not going too if I’m honest. Damn kids bleeding you dry.
At the end of the meeting, the teacher in charge asked us parents if we had any questions. Of course, it was only the kids that raised their hands … until a woman two seats from me raised her hand.
“Why can’t the kids take their mobile phones?” she asked.
Now this ‘no technology’ point had been a minor bone of contention for Dexter. He is ALL about technology and the concept of not having Instagram for five days was hard to take. But dem’s the rules and he accepted it. This parent, however, seemed to have a real issue with it.
I won’t repeat the conversation verbatim here but she couldn’t grasp the idea that a) it’s just the rules so sit down and b) it’s GOOD the kids are without technology for a week!
How mad is that though? That it was a PARENT complaining that her child couldn’t take his phone? The world’s gone mad! I don’t even know what her issue was, other than, and I quote, “It’s just the way of the world that all kids have mobile phones.” She asked what would happen if her son wanted to call home and the teacher replied, “We’ll let him call home.” She asked, “What if he wants to take photos.” “He can take a camera,” the teacher replied.
I think her main beef was the WHY. WHY was she being told no?
The teachers calmly explained it was a school AND council policy. They were calm, polite and handled the somewhat hideously embarrassing situation very well.
I don’t know about you but if I had a real issue about something like this I would take it up personally with the headmaster. I certainly wouldn’t talk about it in front of the kids like that.
I’m now going to do that ‘when I was a kid’ thing, but we practically spent all our time outside when we were growing up and it didn’t do me any harm ^cough^. How is it that a parent is worried that her kid will be without his mobile for a week?! Instead of looking down at their phones, they’ll be able to experience new places, the art of conversation and … just living like a kid!
Would love to hear what you think! Am I overreacting to think this parent has completely lost the plot?