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Should students be allowed to use cell phones in school?

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asked Oct 30, 2015 in Reference and Education by Natalie
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Personally, I don't think kids should be allowed to use cell phones at school -- at least during class.

Cell phones can be a huge distraction in so many different ways. They can ring during class, interrupting the teacher and taking away from the experience of the other students. Kids can use them to text during class, completely ignoring what is being taught and instead focusing on what their friends have to say...essentially the high-tech version of "passing notes" during class. Not only that, but cheating during a test would be incredibly easy if you had your phone with you.

There also so many distracting temptations available on cell phones. It is easy to see how having phones in class could make it harder for kids to concentrate on what was being taught -- who wants to focus on math when you could be playing a video game or checking your Facebook feed instead? Concentrating at school is already hard enough. Adding cell phones into the mix seems like it would just make things worse.

There is also the possibility of kids taking embarrassing photos of their classmates in the bathroom or locker room and posting them publicly on the Internet.

Finally, if kids were allowed to use cell phones in school, the responsibility of monitoring that use would fall on the teachers and school administrators, who are already overburdened with too many things to do. Because it is impossible for a teacher to see everything that is happening in the classroom or on school grounds at once, there is a very real possibility that abuse would go undetected.

One of the main arguments for cell phones at school is that they provide a contact point for parents and children in case of an emergency. I can see this as being a positive. However, there are phone lines at school that can be used for kids and parents to get in touch if necessary. Another easy solution to this problem would be for parents to buy their kids an old-fashioned flip phone that they could use to contact them in case of emergencies. No need for a fancy smartphone when a simple candy bar phone or flip phone will do.

Here's an interesting debate on whether or not cell phones should be allowed in school:

answered Nov 4, 2015 by blueskies (57,070 points)
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This has been an ongoing debate. Of course, children would want to use their mobile devices, and there are two sides that we should both listen to. Blueskies already provided an in-depth explanation on why students shouldn't bring cellphones in school. Here are some reasons why they should be allowed to use them. It is now up to you to weigh both sides:


Here are some of the major reasons why children should be allowed to bring and use mobile phones at school:


1. It teaches children a sense of responsibility. Mainly, their smartphones must ONLY be used in school for educational purposes, such as research. They can download an app that can help them memorize the periodic table, or an interactive game that shows them what the solar system looks like. This means that when they are allowed to use tablets and phones, they are being held responsible to use it, ONLY WHEN NEEDED.


2. Phones should also be carried by children just in case of emergency. This part is pretty much self-explanatory.


3. To prepare them on what the real world is like. The rules basically apply. When you're at work, you can't use your phone to text your partner, or chat with a long time friend. You use it for productivity purposes. Allowing them to use their smartphones in school will help them prepare for the real-world. It teaches them self-control, and at the same time, give them access to information and other references that the books from the library can't provide.


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References:


http://kwikboost.com/7-reasons-students-allowed-use-cell-phones-school/


http://www.livemaguk.com/use-phones-in-school/
answered Nov 5, 2015 by mrsaustria (13,230 points)
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There are clearly mixed reviews on cell phone usage in school. Here are some pros and cons:

 

1. Many classrooms today are utilizing cell phones for research purposes. This can assist students in learning and keep them from using their cell phones inappropriately during class.

 

2. Safety issues.

 

3. Staying in contact with parents should plans change or in case of emergency.

 

Cons:

 

1. Too distracting

 

2. Theft

 

3. "high siding" or acting better than peers who don't have a phone and can't afford one.

 

As shown above, there are clearly pros and cons. If students know how to use their cell phones responsibly then who is to say it is wrong to have a cell phone in school? The question is, at what age does a student begin to be responsible enough to use their cell phone in school?

 

Sources:

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2015/06/15/cellphones-school-teaching-tool-distraction/OzHjXyL7VVIXV1AEkeYTiJ/story.html

 

http://life.familyeducation.com/cellular-telephones/school/51264.html

answered Nov 7, 2015 by Countrymom (8,550 points)

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