PROS Parents can keep contact with their children in case of anemergency. Cell phones can improve the safety for the school. Students can search any information on their cell phones viainternet. If in case of an emergency student can easily contact 911. There are various applications that may be used foreducational purposes.
CONS Cell phone usage in school can distract others from learning.Students in class are usually on their phone texting theirfriends, on social media(Facebook or Instagram) or playinggames. During day on exams kids usually go on the internet andsearch up the answers or text their friends for help. Since students have cell phones it makes it easier for themto search up the answers instead of doing the workthemselves.
INTERVIEWS Ive interviewed 2 people my cousin and my uncle. I decidedto get both a teacher and a students perspective on if cellphones should be banned from school. My cousin is 17years old and a senior in high school. My uncle use to be ateacher and is now a guidance counselor. I’ve asked them 3questions. What they said was different from the other.
Student-17 year old What are your thoughts on If cell phones should be bannedin school? And why? I believe cell phones shouldn’t be banned from schoolsbecause cell phones can be used for educational reason likein case of an emergency the authorities can be contacted, ifyour not to sure about a question you could search anythingup on the internet. School libraries arent always open for thekids Do you think having a cell phone in class is adistraction? To other kids yes but I use my phone for thecalculator or dictionary. I’ll admit I look at myphone to answer a text but I’m not always onphone
Teacher What are your thoughts on If cell phones should be bannedin school? And why? That’s a hard choice cause I understand that cell phones canonly be used for emergencies only. Cell phones could be usefor educational purposes too. I also think that cell phones isjust a big distraction for them. How do you feel when kids use their cell phones in class? To me I take it as a sign of disrespect. Im trying to help themlearn and prepare them. It just distracts them from learning. Itloses their focus on what is being taught. Have you ever used your cell phone in class? If my kids school calls me I pick up just in case of anyemergency and If they need to be picked up.
Should cellphones be banned inschool? http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/debate/index.asp?article=d1211 http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-cell-phones-be-banned-within-schools Both theses articles states both the pros and con ofcellphones in class. The first article is a debate on 2 teacherson cellphones. Article 2 states different reasons for differentpeople and keeps count on how many people voted.
Strategies To help both the student and teacherson this issue here are a couple ofstrategies that may help: Have the phone on vibrate before classstarts. If the teacher asks to put away the phoneonce and takes it back out take it away.
Questions Do you think cellphones should bebanned in school? How many are you distracted by yourcellphones? What’s the positive thoughts on havingcell phones in school? Whats the negative thoughts on havingcellphones in class.
Citied Page "The New York Times Upfront | The News Magazine for HighSchool." The New York Times Upfront | The News Magazine forHigh School. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2013. "Should Cell Phones Be Banned within Schools?" – Debate.org.N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2013. "National School Safety and Security Services." School Safety:Cell Phones and Text Messaging in Schools. N.p., n.d. Web. 10May 2013