THE DISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS OF ICT AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN THEIR ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE IN ZIMBABWE
The introduction of the updated school curriculum in Zimbabwe has seen an advent of ICT gadgets in government run schools. This has been necessitated by the curriculum’s bias towards digitalisation of education. Studies in the use of ICT in schools generally focus on ICT contribution to the teaching and learning process. However, scarce research has concentrated on the problematic use of ICT among adolescents in the school context and its disciplinary implications. The purpose of this paper is to analyse disciplinary implications of the use of ICT among secondary school students in their personal and school setting. The methodology involved administering questionnaires to 300 students aged between 14-19 years of age. The results show a close relationship between ICT and indiscipline of adolescents in both their personal and school life. This calls for contributions towards responsible use of ICT among the adolescent students in both their personal and academic life.
Keywords: ICT, adolescences, mobile devices, indiscipline