Alastair Somerville

Jul 13, 2017

2 min read

Local school bans Fitbits to prevent negative body image behaviour

Update

Original post

Data driving harmful behaviour

Is a ban going to work?

  • Children just go back to the weighing scales at home. The negative behaviour remains but is back at home, in private, hidden.
  • The technology is so small, it can be concealed but now the child knows to keep it secret. The behaviour is kept secret and the guilt and shame is heightened. The possibility of sharing and finding a way to positive behaviour is lost.

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