WTF? Smartphone bans in schools? SMH

Updated on February 25, 2020

I live within my cell phone. Everything I need is in it. Most adults in this day and age would agree with this. Many baby - boomers are known to be participants in the era of the smart phones. So, too, and perhaps even more so, are the adolescents of this time. I would argue that they are even more dialed in with the technologies of the present, and wait with bated breath for the latest, hottest release from the major mobile phone manufacturers. Since this is the case, wouldn't it behoove our school system to tap into this phenomena and use it to its advantage? Apparently, for the large part, it hasn't dawned on them to do so yet.

My daughter began high school this year. For her, this is when school really starts to count. Homework gets harder, projects need to be more detailed, and the curriculum becomes more sophisticated and is designed to prepare our children for real life. At home, we start to give more freedom to our child, as long as she does not take advantage of this increased level of trust. She is permitted to have a facebook page, a twitter, and her face is constantly buried in her phone more so than a textbook. Still, if she gets good grades, she can keep these extra "toys" that keep her happy. As adults, we, too, get to have our fun with devices, provided we pay for them and maintain them. If we don't pay for our car or our house, they get removed from our possession. One of the many major lessons learned from adolescence is that of obtaining items that you may want, through hard work and responsibility, but, if you're not responsible, you will lose them. Young adults need to experience these lessons in both home and school life.

We need to harness the power cell phones have over our youth.


Draconian cell phone policies of schools

"Do you love your cell phone? Then keep it turned off and put it away so that it doesn't get confiscated!" This is the message at the bottom of the website of a High School's cell phone policy. This is not an uncommon tactic used in schools to thwart student's usage of mobile devices. Even the very appearance of phones in some schools, even during bus rides to and from school, is disallowed. I went onto the website of several schools, spanning the scholastic stratosphere. There was a very common theme: your phone is our enemy. Nothing good can come from its inclusion in a child's learning experience.

I went onto the website of my own daughter's school just to compare it to the other policies. I was not surprised by my findings. "...All electronic devices must be concealed. The Board prohibits use of electronic devices by students during the school day in district buildings, on district property, on district buses and vehicles; during time students are under the supervision of the district and in locker rooms, bathrooms... electronic devices may be confiscated by an administrator for any length of time and returned to a parent during regular school hours..."

Really? So my daughter can't listen to Miley, Hunter Hayes, Trey Songs or Chris Brown on the bus coming from or going to school? And, if she does, that device can confiscated for an indefinite amount of time until returned to myself or my wife during "regular school hours"? I agree that my child should be punished for having such poor taste in music, but, let me take care of that. What the school board decries is that, if our daughter violates this policy, one of her parents would have to leave work early just to retrieve property that is ours, that we purchased with our money, and have granted permission to our child for her to have for recreational use during times, such as, I don't know, a bus ride?

Let's examine some of these policies further. Another theme is the "recommendation" that each child, if they do bring their cell phones, should keep it off. Not silent, or on vibrate, but off. Being able to contact my child whenever a possible emergency occurs is one of, if not the reason we mulled it over and decided to fork over the funds to procure a cell phone for our child and allowed them to have it on their person at all times, especially when they are not at home. Some schools don't simply "recommend" having the cell phone off, they demand that each child place their phone in their locker at the start of their school day. However, they go on to note the disclaimer that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. This same school dictates that students are not to turn on their cell phones until after 4 pm. Most high schools complete their academic day between 2-2:30, on average. However, a student cannot even "like" anything or make a tweet if they're still on school property until 4:01. The penalty for a first time offense to the above policy: a one-day out - of - school suspension. Subsequent violations can warrant a three-day suspension.


The Learning Curve on Mobile Device Usage

This article is not intended to expose and castigate schools across the nation that operate on a strict cell phone policy. I believe that the youth need to have some regulations regarding their device usage, just not on the level of the educational systems I've mentioned. I understand that, if a parent needs to get in touch with their child they can always call the school and ask to speak with them. Yes, that is a viable option. I believe parents have become so accustomed to being able to reach out directly to their child whenever they wish (and are paying monthly to take advantage of this opportunity). Somehow the image of Sloane Peterson and her dead grandma in Ferris Bueller's Day Off materializes in my head as I write this. Anyway, my point is that, if I provided my daughter with the phone I am paying for to be able to get in touch with her directly, then that is what I intend to do.

Some schools are getting it right. There are educational edifices that inhabit administrators attempting to embrace the new generation's addiction to their hand held world. Teachers proclaim search engines as the new standard for one to obtain information, rather than dismissing their mere existence. Together, students and their instructors utilize these gadgets in fun ways that enable our children to learn the lesson. Some teachers use "text quizzes" where two groups huddle around one member of the team's cell phone. The teacher will either announce a question, or text it to both teams, and then each team must text back their answer. The winning team is the one with the first reply back to the teacher, of course.

There is a plethora of ideas educators could conjure up if the rules were more lax. Teachers could create facebook pages for their classes, and each day send out the homework assignment. Then, if a student came in the next day and said, "you never told us about that homework," the instructor, and also other students, could instantly display the post indicating what the assignment was. Students could utilize the tools in their smart phones more, too. When a new project is announced, instantly each student could retrieve their cell (once the teacher instructs them to do so) and place that in their calendar. Students could use the note pad on their phones to jot down vital info that they don't want to forget, or even record paramount details to an assignment or project that their academic guide seeks them to remember. Schools with more lenient cell phone policies report less instances of phone confiscation due to their use for purposes other than the examples I mention above. We all know that telling your kid not to do something is an invitation to them to do just the opposite.

Rules are still very important in a child's life, especially a teenager. They have all these hormones racing around and constantly battling each other, and your child's body is the battlefield for this. Their moods swing faster than the duration of a "vine" video. Their usage of a cell phone must be monitored, on some level, while they are on an academic campus. The bulk of the monitoring of their usage needs to be with their parents at home. Utilizing an electronic device for anything other than learning, or outside the parameters a teacher sets, should not be tolerated while in class. Rather than snatching the item, we should be exploring any and all ideas to harness the power this device has over our children. If school's main objective is to prepare our youth for life after the bell rings, shouldn't we allow some of the outside world into the building so they can experience it the correct way? Shouldn't we show them how to use the tools, all tools that we, as adults, use every day for both pleasure and for business, that will help them become successful adults in the future?

But this is just IMHO. Ask your kid if you don't know what that means.

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      5 years ago

      Just because a student is on school grounds for 8 hours does not mean the parent should lose direct contact with them. Their message could also get lost in translation through administration if the parent does not speak very good English

      actually, it will purposely and deliberately get lost in translation by the school staff, principals, and teachers even if the parent does speak very good English.

      When I was in school, the public school teachers, principals, and administrators were ALWAYS purposely twisting around what kids and parents said and did, just to suit the school administrators' own personal agendas to deliberately suspend innocent kids and deliberately give detention to innocent kids.

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      Mike Stork 

      6 years ago from Coatesville

      First of all don't be so hostile. Relax. Secondly, obviously i see schools failing but blame under funded school systems not technology for that. I don't know what schools ur saying kids can complete sentences lets not exaggerate.

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      6 years ago

      Are you serious dude who needs stats all you have to do is go to the school sites and it tells you what their grade is and there are more D and F schools in writing and comprehension then any other subject. Seriously its on the news at least once a week how bad these schools are doing. Kids were never good spellers? Really because I know a lot of kids that are great at spelling from my age group that had to learn spelling words weekly. Do you know how many children are being pushed through school and unable to read at graduation almost half. Adults are not good spellers says who you? Stats from one school in my state. Only 1 child out of every 15 was able to complete a whole sentence. 1 in 20 could comprehend what the sentence was saying. I think you need to learn to look at the news and read your counties and states numbers on these test because very few schools are even pulling them off as a B rated school. It doesn't take even an idiot to figure that out.

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      Mike Stork 

      6 years ago from Coatesville

      Where are ur stats that substantiate ur claim that standardized test scores have suffered? And my daughter is a chronic cell phone user and abuser and I am constantly marveled by her usage of vocabulary. And kids were never the best spellers - ever. Nor are adults. Yes they use a lot of "text speech" in their written word but they don't speak out loud to each other in acronyms. Kids are smarter and more accepting of each other than ever before in history.

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      6 years ago

      Well not every child is privileged to own a cell phone. So what would be the suggestion to the teachers for those that don't or can't afford one. I think it only causes problems and not help learning. Teachers need to teach and not teach on cell phones. First of all the use of cell phones and texting has made spelling almost non existent in children. It is not helping them learn the proper way to spell. Some of them can't even complete a whole sentence. So how does this help the teachers. Seriously I would like to know that because I don't feel that my tax money should be wasted on teachers using cell phones to teach or computers for that matter. This is why we have a whole generation of children that can't pass an F-Cat test because of modern technology and their inability to read and write.

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      6 years ago from The World we live in

      @easilyamused - Well said, and yes, your opinions is valued.

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      Mike Stork 

      6 years ago from Coatesville

      Thanks for taking the time to post a comment. I think ur missing the point of my article - that there are opportunities for educators to use the advantage of the prevalence of cell phone usage by our youth within the education system today. Ignoring it doesn't help. Thinking outside the box will. And I'm a writer, not a speller. And I know I shouldn't begin sentences with "and". And I know I shouldn't split infinitives, either but if I were to only make slight changes in aesthetics in my hub some people won't ever agree with its content, but that's ok. Freedom of thought and speech is the one remaining liberty we have.

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      6 years ago

      While your rant about kids not being able to use cell phones in school would probably get you out of trouble, I don't see the need for children to have them in school. For God sake most people can't even have them turned on at work let alone kids have them at school. That is the problem with parents now a days they want their children to be coddled and allowed everything they possibly could have in their lives. No child is going to die without a cell phone in school. The issue is not letting your daughter listen to music on her ride to and from school but the issue is that these kids do not use their phones for school work. They use it for Facebook, twitter and all the other social net works. I am really surprised this hub got hub of the day. You have many spelling errors in your hub. You should really edit it. So you say it got attention yes it did and mostly negative attention. Sorry but I don't agree with you. Children have enough issues without using cell phones in school. That is how bullying starts by kids taking pictures of students then putting it on Facebook.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I, too, think this hub is well-written, but I don't see any reason for students to have cell phones in class. If so, they should be turned off. I don't have a problem with them checking phones between classes, but even my college students can't focus if their cell phones are on, so I know that is true of younger students. As someone said, a cell phone is not a tool, and not all kids have a smart phone. Heck, I don't even have a smart phone. When in class, students should be focused on what is being taught rather than be distracted by a cell phone. Even in case of emergency, I would not want that disruption during class. Someone can come get them if that's the case. Some people's idea of an emergency might be different from others. Students need to learn to be responsible and what behavior is appropriate in different situations. Adults do, too, for that matter, as I have seen adults with cell phones on and texting during meetings, even. Unbelievable. People need to get away from that.

      Anyway, interesting hub and interesting discussion. Congrats on HOTD!

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      LaZeric Freeman 

      6 years ago from Hammond

      I agree with suzettenaples. While emergencies can require kids to have the phones on them, that doesn't mean that they should be using them otherwise at school. I'd rather my kids NOT to "live within " their cell phones.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I don't think the kids should be allowed to have cell phones in class. Bottom line. I am a liberal, and all for the future of technology, but we are losing control, in my opinion. School is school. Technology is fine, but it needs to be controlled. I sub teach in a lot of schools, and it just seems to be getting out of hand. I have a M.Ed. by the way, so I am not speaking in an uneducated fashion. I would have thought that I would be the last to say this, but the kids aren't on educated websites any more for for the most part. Maybe it's just here, but it seems to be getting out of hand, and I see kids texting when they are supposed to be attending to lessons. I think that technology is the answer to technology, so hopefully, someone will come up with ideas on how to solve the problem. Technology can have an ugly head. We need to keep it in check!

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      Ameera Nassir 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I say that if a parent needs to contact their child, for any reason possible, they should not have to go through a 3rd party to do so when it is concerning their OWN spawn. Just because a student is on school grounds for 8 hours does not mean the parent should lose direct contact with them. Their message could also get lost in translation through administration if the parent does not speak very good English.

      On the other hand, I feel like regardless of district policy, allowing cell phones in class all depends on the teacher. I remember when I was in high school, some of my teachers were strict on the no-phone policy while others completely allowed phones to be used in class. In the latter, your performance was all on you; if you wanted to use your phone and risk not learning the correct material, you would learn the repercussions through the grade you receive.

      Ironically enough, it was the classes that had the most freedom that the students were more willing to learn because they did not feel dictated or controlled. So I think cell phones SHOULD be allowed to be used on school grounds during school hours because it gives the student and the parent peace of mind. Teachers should focus more on discussing the material they need and their ultimate job as an educator, and not spend half of valuable class time arguing with students about their phones.

      It also preps the students for college life. In college, you have all the freedom in lectures to be on your computer or cell phone, and if you miss a vital piece of info that is going to be asked on, say, a midterm, that's on you. Then, the next time around, when a lecturer is discussing important material, the student will know that they need to pay attention. This same tactic should be happening in primary school.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      ah hahahaha! Mike, you are right, it sure drew attention to your hub.

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      David Livermore 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      My staff are on their cell phones all the time. It's annoying and it wastes time. Unfortunately I can't do much about it, and they know it.

      Yes, I think they should be banned. If adults can't use them responsibly, what makes you think children can?

      I agree technology should be utilized in the classroom, but honestly, people will abuse it. Especially kids.

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      Mike Stork 

      6 years ago from Coatesville

      There's a forum upset over my title? Hey it's not like I spelled it out and, well, it got attention, didn't it? Ain't that the point?

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      Carlo Giovannetti 

      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Do we have to adjust ourselves to the teenager's mentality, or do they have to adjust themselves to an environment of discipline and learning? I understand that teachers must find ways to implement and use technology in the classroom, and learn how to take advantage of their students need to stay connected... but that doesn't mean teachers have to cater to their every whim when lots of them only want to check their Facebook feed every 5 minutes. There have to be adjustments and adaptation from both sides.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Mike. I only came here to read your hub because of the forum that is upset over your title. I would not otherwise have come here because of the title. However, you have a very well-written hub here that presents a lot of open-minded thoughts and suggestions.

      There are good arguments for both sides and I think this subject is one that should be looked further into in the educational system.

      One thing I would like to bring up is the fact that during several crisis and terrifying moments when schools were under attack from peope with weapons, parents and children were able to stay in touch with their cell phones.

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      Tom Schumacher 

      6 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Great hub! Personally I do not feel that cell phones should be banned at schools altogether. However, policies restricting their use during class is reasonable. What society needs to realize is the tech age is here to stay. Moving forward more and more technological advancements will surface offering consumers additional options when it comes to smart phones, digital cameras and video gear, laptops, etc. Regardless of your perspective on cell phones in school, these tech gadgets educate children how the world functions today and that's important. ~ Voted up!

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      6 years ago from The World we live in

      Using technology in schools should be supported, yet it should only be school controlled technology. Kids also like video games and candy, it doesn't mean they should be allowed have them in school. Unless of course it is a candy making school.

      In this case, with A standard school, the only technology that should be present should be school provided tech. We are not allowed to have our smart phones in use in the work place so kids better get used to it.

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      6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I am not at all in agreement with allowing them in the classroom. I truly believe that they would be misused. While my mate and I were watching tv his grandson texted him from school and asked him what he was doing, when he asked him where he was at and found out that he was in school he reprimanded him and told him to refocus. Even tho he knows that the phone serves the purpose of us staying in contact, just the fact that he knows that he can do so many things with it is too tempting. I do not want them taken away because we as a family need/want to stay in contact, but they have no business being in eyesight in the class room.

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      Mike Stork 

      6 years ago from Coatesville

      Thanks to all for the great feedback so far - whether u agree or disagree - I appreciate it!

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      Neil Sperling 

      6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

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      Phones in class rooms should not be allowed - teachers today have enough trouble keeping students attention. That said the school systems do have to embrace the changes happening in the world today. Education has to become more interactive.... youth of today spend less time glued to a TV and spend more time being interactive with games and keeping in touch with others. This is creating a shift.... without being somehow "active" the students ability to stay focused and learn in a traditional environment is not happening.

      Check this video out - it shares this paradigm shift in a clear way.

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      Learn Things Web 

      6 years ago from California

      The purpose of parenting and schooling should be to teach kids how to behave responsibly. Outright bans fail to do this because they fail to set clear guidelines on when and how much of something is acceptable. I allow my kids to eat junk food but there are rules about how much and when. I want to set reasonable guidelines they can take into adulthood.

      Obviously, schools should demand that kids aren't texting or listening to music during class but teenagers shouldn't be treated like babies. They should be treated like young adults who are trusted to follow reasonable rules. If they violate that trust, consequences should be in place. Young people will have to manage their use of mobile technology when they go to college and enter the workplace. It's troubling that many high schools are failing to prepare them for real life by teaching them how to use technology responsibly.

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      Koralee Phillips 

      6 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      I agree with Dr. Kristy that your Hub is eloquent and you have presented a very good argument. I would like to thank you for a very interesting read this morning :)

      I strongly believe that smart phone use should NOT be banned for the entire school day. However, I’m not worried about students having to wait until 4:01 to like a post on Facebook or send a Tweet. I think students have the right to have, and use their cell phones when they’re not in a class.

      Initially, as I was reading your Hub I had images of 30 student’s texting while the teacher is trying to instruct a class, which would be absolute chaos. Since schools are a place of learning, it should look different from everywhere else in the world where everyone (myself included) is always checking their smart phones. Although I’m not saying that communicating on your phone is a bad thing, it one of the perks of technology, there are times when we should be able to go an hour or two, without our smart phones.

      When my aunt and I were in Germany last winter, we went out to a very busy restaurant for supper. While we were eating my aunt pointed out how no one was on their phones, they were actually talking to each other, which seemed so weird. But, most of them pulled out their phones as they were leaving, and this is how smart phone rules should be applied at school.

      Confiscating Phones: A teacher confiscated my daughter’s phone one day at school, and I was so mad. What made it worse was that she ended up having to go without it overnight. The secretary of the school locked it up, then she left early, taking the keys with her.

      I was mad for a few reasons. First of all because the situation didn’t warrant the confiscation, it was just a teacher’s power trip. And secondly, I was mad because as you said, it was actually my phone since I was the one who bought it and paid for the plan. Lastly, she needed her phone in the morning. We didn’t have a house phone, and I left earlier than her. Since I was going to an office with phones I wasn’t going to leave her with nothing, so I had to lend her my phone.

      Contacting the School: As parents we relish that we can have constant communication with our children. Not only to make sure they’re safe, but to make plans too. When we’re out shopping if we see something they may like, we can take a photo, text it to them and get their opinion. We can make arrangements to meet them somewhere after school. They can let us know if they have a change of plans during the day, etc.

      It’s ridiculous to have to bother the school with something that is just a matter of convenience.

      Emergency: On the other hand, I would contact the school if there was an emergency such as an accident, because I would want an adult with her. I wouldn’t want her to read it in a text.

      Congrats on the well-deserved HOTD!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Teachers have a hard enough job trying to keep their students focused on what is going on in the classroom without having to compete with students texting each other in class, sending each other jokes, pictures and YouTube videos. Being a grandparent of teen aged kids with cell phones, I know that they pay much more attention to their texting than to any of the things going on right around them. I heartily agree that cell phones should be turned off in school! Let the kids use them on the school bus, during their lunch breaks and after school so that parents can be in touch. In case of emergency, call the school! Let the kids focus on their classroom work when they are in class.

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Too many students use to goof off instead of pay attention, but it's a much bigger issue than that. When you have multiple sections of a class, you have to assume students will discuss the contents of a test, for example, with friends from other classes. As is, they are limited to what they remember. If allowed to use phones in the classroom, it would become very easy for students to take pictures of an assessment and show the entire assessment to anyone else.

      Furthermore, legal issues arise when students take photos or videos in hallways and classrooms and post them on the Internet. There have been at least two documented suicides so far caused by students posting photos/videos of a classmate taken at school with permitted phones.

      I know that students need to use technology, but there is a difference between meaningful classroom utilization of technology and allowing kids to use something that is not necessary for minute to minute life.

      Some schools in my area have liberal cell phone use policies, the school where I teach does not. They are talking about changing the cell phone policy, but it is actually against the law in my state for anyone to have a cell phone on campus. It is clearly an unenforced and outdated law (even teachers and administrators are not allowed phones according to this law), but I just to let you know because individuals schools may not have much leeway!

      Sorry if there are any typos - I'm writing on my own mobile device. =)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Welcome to HubPages. I stopped by to read your HOTD after participating in the forum about your hub title. The hub is very well written and flows quite nicely. You've done a good job, although a few more images, paragraphs, and subtitles to break up the text would be nice. I just don't agree with your argument about cell phones being allowed or useful in the schools.

      As you stated, kids will do the exact opposite of what we tell them. They will use the phone for personal and social use if it's on and in their hands during school hours. Your argument ignores the power of those rampant hormones and impulsive nature of teens. I think the need to teach discipline, order, and delayed gratification are more important lessons during the school day. It's only 8 hours.

      You also said yourself, if there's an emergency, use the administrative office. Emergencies are the only reason parents should have to contact a child during school hours and vice versa. Voted up and interesting.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      If students were allowed to use smartphones in school, it would make it all the more obvious who doesn't have one and single them out. They are not school equipment. Allowing them is almost like saying you need to have one.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      To ban them for all is like punishing the whole class for what one child is doing. I too am a retired teacher and while I know they can use them on the sly and not get caught I still think they should be allowed.

      Too many safety issues have occurred in recent years to ban them I believe.

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      Kristy Callan 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Edit, since my original comment was a bit harsh (which isn't what I intended at all):

      Thanks for writing this hub and sharing it with us, I definitely see why it was hub of the day. It's eloquently written and a very well thought out argument that you're putting forward.

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      Kristy Callan 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Many teachers nowadays do use technology.

      Using the internet for research projects is the norm, and some teachers even go further, creating 'websites' for their classes or posting relevant material on the school's intranet.

      There is a huge difference between this and allowing smartphones in school. Smartphones are small, and it's difficult for the teacher to see what is being done on them. The simple fact is this: if you allow them in class, they WILL be misused. Not many teenagers would spend their time on the class facebook page or filling out a quiz on geology instead of texting their friends and doing what they want to do on the internet.

      And kids are SMART. My sister's school introduced Mac laptops for the class. The school thought up all the ways to ensure it was used for school purposes only. They put a bunch of software on, and many internet sites were blocked. People began using their smartphones as wireless routers so they could create their own internet hotspot, thus being able to access banned websites like facebook, tumblr and whatnot. Give them the tools, and they will find a way to do what they want.

      It would be nice if they were allowed and could be used responsibly, but they're banned for a reason.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      As a retired teacher I can speak to why phones are banned in schools. Too many students are on their phones texting and what not when they should be paying attention to the lesson or completing their assignments. They are not learning at the moment and that is important also. As a teacher, I would sometimes take a day out and create a lesson where they could use their cell phones to find answers to questions or somehow use the cellphone in the lesson. Many students liked this and then would cooperate and put their phones away on days they were not permitted to use them for the lesson.

      Also, too many students use their phones to tape the teacher when he/she is disciplining a student or to catch a teacher in a mistake. Many of them contact their parents the minute any disciplinary action is taken against them and this causes further problems. Many times parents have entered the school screaming their heads off when they have only heard the student's side of the situation and not the schools side. Parents who need to contact their child should only do so through the office so the school is aware of what is going on, especially in an emergency situation. Each school has a communication process that needs to be followed especially for student safety in this day and age of school violence. Parents should never be contacting their child on their cell phones and interrupting the child's learning process or the teacher's lesson for that day. Also, students are texting and this creates problems later in the day when they get into confrontations and fights.

      I agree, students should be well versed and learn the use of all kinds of technical and computers so as to be able to assimilate into the work force and/or college later on. And, cell phones can be used in the classroom properly for certain types of lessons. But, the bottom line is - students are in school to learn - they are not there to first and formost have access to their cell phones. Students must learn to follow rules and regulations as that is part of their education also. Too many times cell phones are a disturbance to the learning process and the learning process takes precedence over any cell phone usage. I understand emergencies happen - but that is what the principal's office is for where he/she has the ability to help the student through the emergency. Chaos can ensue when students are permitted on their phones whenever they want to be. Sometimes the technology has to be turned off and the students need to use their heads and brains and other creative outlets to learn.


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