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Should Cell Phones be Banned in School

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Imagine sitting at home looking at all the cute amazing cat videoes until you scroll and see a embarrassing photo of yourself and it is catching like wildfire. The next day, everybody was talking about it, and there were starting to be different variations of it. An anonymous user keeps sending mean messages to you. As soon as you get home you get in your bed and start crying, you wonder what is the purpose of living anymore, and why not just end it if you are going to suffer this much pain. This situation is very common among the 10-24 year-old. Every year, 4400 lives are lost from suicide because of cyberbullying, that is a terrible rate. Just snapping a quick photo would be enough to cause life time depression. Students cheat, participate in drug deals and share inappropriate stories, and Surfing the Internet will distract from learning, and lead to cyberbullies.

Students cheat, participate in drug deals and share inappropriate stories, After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought about the a statewide cell phone ban. It wasn’t popular with the teens and some parents, they sued the mayor. The Department of Education defended the ban by saying that after the ban students’ grades raised an average of more than 6%. This shows that students are less likely to be distracted if they did not have cell phones and they are more likely to succeed in high school or middle school. And people that are more likely to succeed are more likely to be beneficiary to the society as a whole. Some schools had developed a policy called: “If I see it, you lose it” but this policy has a problem, when students get out of teachers sight and use their cell phones, they would do things that they aren’t supposed to like watching sexual content or participating in drug deals and adding the fact that according to the 4th amendment of the constitution, you cannot search a student’s phone unless you have reasons beyond doubt that this student is breaking the school’s policies, even though seeing it counts as breaking the school policy, the supreme court ruled that the school cannot search the phone thoroughly, which makes it even harder for teachers to find students that are doing things they aren’t supposed to.

Surfing the internet distracts students and creates cyberbullies. Across the nation, the rumors have resulted in the disruption of the school and even decreased attendance to avoid embarrassment. “We are now dealing with ‘Generation Text’ instead of ‘Generation X’,” said Ken Trump, President of National School Safety and Security Services. “The rumors typically become greater than the issue itself. ” he noted. Since you can stay anonymous on social media, it gives teens more courage to post embarrassing things on social media, students should feel safe in school and they shouldn’t have to constantly check social media to make sure their peers aren’t posting a mean post. While it is easy for teachers to spot bullies in real life, it is pretty easy to stay anonymous, and teachers will have more time struggling to find out, because it could be anyone from the whole school, and teachers can’t tell if it was just a joke or it it was serious, we all know, kids make jokes with each other loads of times, and without the student communicating with them, they can’t possibly figure it out. Yet nobody is doing anything about it. Teenagers are scared that if they told someone they were being a tattle tail but it could really hurt them in life. Also they think that speaking about it makes it worse but it really doesn’t, it makes it a lot better.

Some people say that there might be an emergency. The main reason that parents want their kids to bring phones to school is that if they had an emergency, many parents want their phones not only on but constantly checking for these messages. This causes lots of distraction both for the student and the class, teachers can’t teach if the students keep checking their phones, if there was an emergency, instead of calling the student, they can call the school, nowadays if there is an emergency and the owner of a phone is gone or unconscious, there is a button called emergency call which can be used to reach. Even then, they can call with the school secretaries phones. Students with phones on would rarely pay attention in class and they will find a way eventually to play a game in class and the people around them would get distracted from looking and they might want to learn stuff from class. The chances of an emergency happening would be very slim even that. There literally is only about a 2 percent chance that you might get an emergency call, students would also send tweets and text. Imagine this, if you could do whatever you want on a phone, would you pay attention to anything?

Let’s go back to the embarrassing picture situation and the picture was shared everywhere. You wonder what people are going to think about you, or is anyone going to stand up for you? You don’t want to do anything with this anymore but you are afraid to speak up. You are afraid that you are going to be known as “The Prick” “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.”


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