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Cellphones in SchoolWhy are cellphones not allowed in school? I think it's kind of dumb...

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM via web

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Cellphones in SchoolWhy are cellphones not allowed in school? I think it's kind of dumb that we are not allowed to use them during study halls or our down time.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Some schools will allow them in study hall or at breaks. The problem is that if you can use the phone then, you have it with you. If you have if with you, you might use it during school to cheat on a test or mess around texting or playing on Facebook. Since there's no way to really control phone usage and limit it to certain times, many schools just tell students to leave the phones at home. (Not that they do.)
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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree that students should be allowed to use cellphones in hallways and during free time, and I taught at a school where that was allowed. Students, however, seem to associate class time with down time, and it was a constant battle to keep them from being used during class. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM (Answer #4)

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There are also some schools that are pretty worried about the use of cell phones to take pictures.  They worry about them being used in locker rooms and such.  They worry that the school would then be liable for allowing their use.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM (Answer #5)

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At my school, we used to allow student cell phone use during lunch and between classes. It only took one student to change the policy. That student took a photo of himself undressed in the locker room and sent it to another student's phone during lunch, and the principal saw the picture. Instant rule change.

 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM (Answer #6)

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As others have said, this is not a blanket policy, and, when used appropriately, cellphones can be useful in the classroom. I have had students photograph a brainstorm from the whiteboard to help with homework and used video to help critique speeches. The key is discipline. Paper and pens certainly weren't banned when I was a student, and I spent all of my maths lessons writing notes to friends!

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM (Answer #7)

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As a student, you'd expect me to say that they should be a good thing to have, but I completely disagree. They disrupt the learning and the social environment at school, in class and in free time. When we're having a discussion at school, socialising and enjoying ourselves, it would be highly annoying for someone to get their mobile phone out and start texting, or uploading their status on the various social networking websites. Plus, mobile phones can be addictive, and again this may disrupt learning.

If a student needs communication access, such as a phone for emergencies, a mobile phone isn't necessary. They should report to administration or the library, and contact their parents or whoever they need to call there.

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM (Answer #8)

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I think thats good that they would not allow ur'll to bring ur moblies to school because something bad happened recently in museus college(school).This girl brought her mobile to school which was not allowed in school.When there was a rade she got caught to the prefects and when she was going to the principle's office she wanted to go to the toilet .She went in and stapped herself and died.

Those days they used to allow us to bring the mobile and leave it in the office because of this reason our country education department put a strict order that we are cannot bring our mobile to school .

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM (Answer #9)

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I agree that cell phone should be allowed to be used during school class breaks and lunch, etc., and I believe most schools do allow this these days. However, the addictive power that cell phones have on teens causes many kids to abuse the rule and sneak calls and texts during class. I've seen it in high schools as well as college classrooms, and most teachers have experienced a ringing cell during class--a disruptive experience, to be sure. If students would faithfully follow the rules of most schools concerning this, there would be no problem.

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

Posted March 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM (Answer #10)

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As long as cellphones don't interfere with the actual process of education they should be allowed. To completely ban cellphones is to work against an overwhelming force, I think.  A full-on ban is going to inspire rebellion. Isn't it?

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chelsea492 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM (Answer #11)

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yesssssssss

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start | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM (Answer #12)

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As a student, I personally find no use to get mobile phones to school. If they were allowed to be used during lunch break and between classes, this doesn't assure us that some students won't do wrong things. In this era, every small thing will be taken into advantage and a bad thing can occur in it...

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM (Answer #13)

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cell phones in schools shall cause nothin but problems. The main idea of having a moblie is for important communication, and nowadys schools do provide with facilities to call home. And jst like we have a standard uniform to avoid status issues, so is it with this fact. It is possible a student might have a BlackBerry Bold and another, just another old Nokia model. And this could lead to status issues within friends.
 Also, bad things could happen (u no wht i mean).
So yeea, try living just 6 hrs widout ur moblie and enjoy the beauy of a a beatiful experience named Peace!! 

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

Posted April 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM (Answer #14)

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At my school, students can use technology freely:  cell phones in the classroom, iPads, any kind of technology.  Many teachers were sceptical at first, but I really enjoy the freedom and sense of 'adult-responsibility' that it gives the students.  Students using the phones inappropriately in class is rarely a problem, as they perceive their usage as a privilege and respect the guidelines for usage. 

I love the fact that the students can put their headphones on when they are working independently (they're only allowed to keep in one earbud so they can still hear the teacher if needed).  For many of my students getting to listen to music in class off their iPhone helps them block out other distractions. 

This was the first year for my campus to go to an 'open technology' policy, but it has been relatively trouble-free and the benefits have definitely outweighed the negatives. 

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guymon-students | eNoter

Posted April 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM (Answer #15)

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Cellphones in SchoolWhy are cellphones not allowed in school? I think it's kind of dumb that we are not allowed to use them during study halls or our down time.

  Cellphones are not a necessity.  Your teachers have prepared lessons and they deserve your full attention. If allowed during particular times, those sessions invaribly become blurred and thus more problems with inattentiveness. 

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pranitingale | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM (Answer #16)

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No doubt cell phones are like a stair to developement of the society. It provides us with many fuctions and intresting useful features which make the life easier till far extent. But as it has advgantages it too carries disadvantages, it can harm a students life in many ways. It deflects the minds of the children from studies . It absorbs the childishness, humbality, politeness from the childrens.

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lilmack | Student | eNoter

Posted May 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM (Answer #17)

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I think schools should allow cell phone use my school does in between classes and at lunch and some teachers let you use them if you ask. I mean if someone in your family is in the hospital or something and you are at school you should be able to use a cell phone to stay updated. They aren't allowed to be out in certain rooms at my school because an incident were one kid was dancing and told a class of students they could record it and then he lied to the office and said the video was on facebook. Now we have to ask an administrator to take videos with cell phones in schools and we can't have cameras.

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted May 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM (Answer #18)

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I somewhat agree that students will take advantage of their phone privileges but isn't our society already coming to the point where almost everything is controlled by technology. Therefore, rather than using big laptops, we could just go on our phones. Now the problem will come across that teachers will have no control on what students are looking at but do teachers have control over students with laptops? Regardless of what choices are made, unless we go back to books and paper, there will always be complications and issues.

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purple77ize | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:28 PM (Answer #19)

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Well just because i am a student you would think that i will obviously think that cell phones should be permitted...but honestly, what harm will it cause? It will happen anyway. i currently am phoneless so dont get me wrong. The few chill teachers i have, permit us to take out phones except in times of lecture or work. Students obey that and really take out there phones only when you allow them. It simply doesnt distract anyone. At lunch everyone does it anyway. If someone does abuse of it several times, then it can be banned. All I know is that cell phones should be allowed because when they are prohibitted people will still use them.
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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM (Answer #20)

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i guess it is not a very good idea as the learners full attention is not with the teacher but with the phone as well!

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anime4ever1235 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM (Answer #21)

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once my kindle went off but thats a different topic.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted May 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM (Answer #22)

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cell phones in schools shall cause nothin but problems. The main idea of having a moblie is for important communication, and nowadys schools do provide with facilities to call home. And jst like we have a standard uniform to avoid status issues, so is it with this fact. It is possible a student might have a BlackBerry Bold and another, just another old Nokia model. And this could lead to status issues within friends.
Also, bad things could happen (u no wht i mean).
So yeea, try living just 6 hrs widout ur moblie and enjoy the beauy of a a beatiful experience named Peace!!

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM (Answer #23)

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so true....i totally agree with you scorpio37!!!

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isuwi | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM (Answer #24)

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i think we should be flexible when taking a decision like this. we should allow them to use phones on lunch time or breaks as they would either ways use it without the teachers' notice and secretively. this would lead them to cheat on their teachers. if the teachers and the staff are flexible with the students in using mobile phones,i think we can get them to listen to the teachers whenever possible like telling them to not use them on certain occasions as it would interrupt their school work. 

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davidmason9876 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM (Answer #25)

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Cell phones are a distraction in school and students should be focused on their work.

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caleber96 | Honors

Posted May 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM (Answer #26)

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The integration of technology is a goal at many schools. However, the embracement of new technology needs to go beyond computers and into tablet devices in order to deliver a new, "revolutionary" (or is this now clinché?) experience. Perhaps smartphones could also be integrated into classrooms, and their use should be encouraged for educational purposes

Why not take notes with it? Why not take a picture of the blackboard? These are tasks that the smartphones is suited to. And now to address the eternal problem of distraction: As long as someone's frivolous smartphone use isn't disturbing others or (significantly?) impeding the class, then why bother? It's ultimately THEIR future. Or should we be a more "caring" and "supportive?" I don't know. 

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM (Answer #27)

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A couple of years ago a student of mine was taking an exam. She had her cell phone in her lap and she was texting the questions to a friend. When I asked her what she was doing she replied "asking my grandma for a cake recipe". I had to laugh.

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ramlakshmi | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted May 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM (Answer #28)

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Cell phones are like mischievous children.Highly irritating when they are others':wonderful when they are yours.C-phones  have more nuissance value than news-sense value.It is mainly for this reason that they are banned in many educational institutions. 

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kerifyahjawn | Student | eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM (Answer #29)

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In reply to #1:  Most schools do allow phones for students to use but most school dont and some students take advatge of  it

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nikitasingh | TA , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM (Answer #30)

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yah as long as cellphone usage does not interfere with the class and study timings it should be allowed  . but there is no garauntee that the the student may or may not use for wrong stuff like cheating and all it can be allowed but better if may not allowed.

 

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted June 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM (Answer #31)

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so true....i totally agree with you scorpio37!!!


Awwww, thank youu xDDDD

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2014 at 5:21 AM (Answer #32)

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Cellphones are allowed but it just can not be used during class and when there is something important happening in school because it can cause a distraction and distract others from doing their work. We can use cellphones when we are on breaks or during lunch in school.

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