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manishamishra | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM via web

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Views on cellphones for students

Do you think that teen agers should be allowed to use cell phones? 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM (Answer #2)

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The answer to this depends on the context of using a cell phone. Do I think that teenagers should be able to use them in general? Yes. Should cell phones be allowed in schools? It depends. During tests and quizzes? No. To conduct research within the classroom? Sure. But, this poses a problem. What about the students who do not have cell phones?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM (Answer #3)

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I don't see any reason to keep teens from having cell phones in general.  I do, however, question the idea that every teen needs a smart phone.  I think cell phones are important for keeping in touch with parents and even with friends, but I think smart phones are a luxury.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM (Answer #4)

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I would follow the grain of other posts on this issue and answer by looking at the counter-point: Why shouldn't teenagers be allowed to use cell-phones? 

If this is a health issue related to either addiction to cell-phone use or emissions related hazards, there would be grounds for restrictions. However if the issue is a purely social one, I have a hard time understanding how age restrictions can be justified. 

People don't needcell-phones, just like they don't need pizza. Banning either seems rather silly. 

As the first post points out, perhaps narrowing the context of the debate would yield a more two-sided conversation on this topic...

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM (Answer #5)

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Yes, I do.  However, they need to be monitored until they can show that they're using them wisely and judiciously.  I don't think they need to use them during school.  Where I teach there is a strict policy about using electronic devices on campus as they are considered disruptive.  If a student tries to use an ipod, mp3 player, or cell phone the device is confiscated for the day.  The student gets it back at the end of the day, with a warning not to do it again.  "Three strikes-you're out" ultimatums are given with the understanding that if a student violated the policy three times, the device got kept and the parents got a phone call. 

The nice thing about our children having cell phones is the ability to keep in touch with them. 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM (Answer #6)

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The circumstances under which a cellphone is being used certainly make a difference in the acceptability of its use, but I don't think there is any chance that use of such communication devices will ever be completely taken away from students. I think there is real potential for benefits in terms of research capabilities, instant contact to report observations and share data, and so forth when cellphones are used appropriately. There are also real concerns regarding the need to identify reliable sources of information and to safeguard concerns for personal security and individual privacy.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM (Answer #7)

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Cell phones are such a distraction when the teacher is trying to teach and needs participation. It's also distracting to other students who are trying to listen and the person in front of them is being sneaky and not paying attention. That's when cell phone use in class should be out of the question. However, my students would love to use their phones for assignments, too. If it weren't for the fact that no every student has a cell phone, or a cell phone with video or camera abilities, I'd have the students using whatever technology they have to make up creative assignments. It's a big debate, that's for sure.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM (Answer #8)

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I know cell phones are dangerous for students who text while driving. I know many students who have recently had accidents because they were texting while driving. I am not sure how to keep students from texting while driving. It is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by parents. Parents should take cell phones from students who do not use them wisely. That is my belief. 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM (Answer #9)

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It would be fighting a losing battle to say no, although I see six and seven year olds with phones and I think we can easily get carried away, or buy into the idea that kids of all ages are "entitled" to one.  While they are certainly handy, I don't know that I would say they are necessary, and kids are pretty plugged in as it is.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2012 at 5:13 AM (Answer #10)

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My school district that I teach in went "open technology" this year, meaning students could carry and use whatever kind of technology in the halls and in the classroom.  Although many teachers, myself included, were more than a little worried about managing student use of phones, iPads, and laptops during class, the new open technology policy turned out to be great.  We all knew that the students were carrying and using cell phones before the rules changed; the only difference now is we can incorporate more technology into the curriculum. 

When I asked, "okay, who has a cell phone?", every single hand shot up.  The students are so tied into their phones as part of their social life, it almost seems a cruelty not to let a kid have a phone. 

 

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katehackett | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM (Answer #11)

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It depends on the teenager.

 

If you are responsible, by all means: have a phone, keep it on silent during the day, and use it when you need to.

 

If you can't stop texting during class? Don't bring it!

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nikitasingh | TA , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted August 18, 2012 at 5:30 AM (Answer #13)

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yes and no. mobile phones can be a major distraction while the teacher is teaching. b ut they can come handy at times too ....... if we can relate cellphones to studies.. also sumtimes certain students need mobile for their own safety...and students shuld be allowed cell pohonesto school but not during study time......... maybe that would solve the problem associated with mobiles.

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celestinehanrocks | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted August 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM (Answer #14)

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this answers depends on the perspective. a phone can be benificial for research,but sometimes,teens tend to take it for granted and abuse it during their spare time

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #15)

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In the adult world, adults are frequently on their cell phones. It's the way they contact their friends; it's the way they schedule work. Cell phones are everything to adults. It's the same for the average American teenager. If they need to contact their friends, it allows them to do so. If they need to schedule something for work or school, they are able to contact the proper people. In our modern era, schools are continually trying to link the classroom to real-world situations, resources and technology. Isn't the cell phone an ideal tool for precisely this purpose?  However I believe there is an appropriate place and time to use cell phones, and I feel they shouldn't be used in school or in theatres-even in gyms; they are just too distracting.

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dananagoud | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM (Answer #16)

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i think teens should be provided cell phone only if parents are sure that their children dont misuse it. today phone has become a trend rather than a necessity teens feel that having a high priced mobile will upgrade their status.

                        if teens use it s a necessity then there is no problem butif they use it as a thing to upgrade their status then they face problems

 

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