Electronic Devices and Their Impacts on Safety
Authors: Evaleen Brown, Brianna Dozier, Jessica Jones, Alyson Roberson, & Elizabeth Shoop
Faculty Sponsor: Lydia Watkins, DNP, MSN, RN, CPNP
Our service-learning group researched electronic devices and their impact on safety. The group educated a 7th grade class at Needwood Middle School to present effects of texting during secondary tasks such as driving and walking. As primary prevention, this soon-to-be-driving class was selected to promote prevention of distractions. A PowerPoint presentation was given, followed by an interactive game which simulated distractions to pedestrians and drivers. The class was split into two groups; the first student in each group was given a spoon and a golf ball. Our S-L group created obstacles the students had to overcome during the course. As positive reinforcement, students were given a glow in the dark bracelet to promote nighttime pedestrian safety. Students also received a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement form from the CDC, which fosters open communication. This agreement states items such as: “I promise that I will make sure I stay focused on driving” with bullet points on how to achieve each statement. Our S-L group felt that educating soon-to-be-drivers was important. Outcome goals were met because health promotion occurred, and future implications include a safer driving population. Recommendations are to use an outside venue for future presentations.