Should cell phones be allowed in School?
Mobile phone use in schools
I don't have school age kids, so don't know school policy but, no. I don't think cell phone usage should be allowed. Except during lunch.
The argument is that they are needed for security, and there is some truth in that - some of the parents arrived at the school shooting in Kentucky right behind the cops. Of course, one can also say that security is done by the school and police and there is truth in THAT, too - those parents could do nothing but comfort the children they could get to.
On the other hand, there is zero doubt that there is gross abuse of cell phones in schools, from cheating on tests to posting nasty things on social media instead of studying. (With a few hours to cool down, many of those posts would likely never happen).
I'm with you - available only during non-class periods and that includes no phones during study hall, library, PE, etc.
I always kept my phone in my locker in high school so I could access it at lunch, during my spare periods, and before/after class. I remember some kids bringing theirs to class occasionally but it’s so obvious when someone is staring down at their phone instead of listening or participating and most weren’t interested in the embarrassment of the whole “Who are you texting? What are you talking about? Come up and give me your phone and you can come back after school is done to get it” routine. Plus having to go grab your phone from a teacher after all of your classes are done takes away from your own free time... so phone use during class time was never a pervasive problem that I experienced in school.
Kids should never be allowed to be on their phones during class but I think bringing it to school and leaving it in your locker/bag is fine. I remember when I was younger and didn’t have a cellphone we all just talked to each other by passing notes anyway... not paying attention and chatting via text in class is nothing new, I’m not sure saying “no phones allowed in the school” would make much difference in that respect.
What kid wants to leave his or her mobile phone in a locker? Ultimately, I guess it's up to the students to make sure the device is silenced, and they aren't using it when they aren't supposed to.
Sadly, as difficult it is to keep adults from using their smartphones when they shouldn't, it's not like we'll be able to get youngsters to listen.
I mean, I literally just said that I did... so... me? And I wasn’t the only one. What’s the point of bringing it to class if you can’t use it there anyway? I’d rather have it locked up safe than potentially falling out of my bag when I’m pulling my books out or someone swiping it when I’m not looking. *shrug*
Absolutely not. It's a huge distraction. It distracts adults regularly, how could we possibly expect children to handle them responsibly in school?
I agree with Jessie. As a former public school teacher, cell phones in the classroom compromise a student’s attention span as well as capacity to learn.
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