So, some people believe that they should be able to use their phones at school. However, they should not use cell phones during school hours. For one, cheating is something that a lot of students like to do when they have a cell phone. Having a cell phone during an exam is unacceptable because if someone cheats they could get caught. If they get caught cheating, it is most likely that the teacher
“Cell phones in class are dangerous, disruptive and not necessary” ~Survey Respondant As most people that are around a school in any way probably know that students and even some teacher, believe that students should be allowed to have their phones in class. Well if look at a lot of the reasons this might not be what benefits the student the most, and student getting the most out of their time in school is important. Also almost parents and teacher want their student to be the best they can be in school, also being prepared for the real world.Most of teachers and parents didn’t ever even think of needing their phones if they even had on in class. Although some students and teachers think that cellphones should be allowed in class, they should not be. They should not be allowed because, without phones students grades have improved, it reduces cyber bullying, and students have been using
A recent university study found that 90% of college students surveyed admitted texting during class. Some even admitted sending messages during tests (Mockingbird5,2009). This abuse has led some teachers to ban their cell phones during classes and during their examination, because this can cause cheating. Other teachers in school informed to the students that if he or she saw someone using cell phones during examination, the owner of that cell phone will be automatically drop or receive fail in her/his test paper. Allowing cell phones in school is a danger to the education of students (Clark,A.,2006).
Sure, at home they can be doing what they want but at school, they should be learning not going onto social media and disengaging from the teacher. Cell phones with kids are just bad. An article called “Schools seek balance for cellphones in class” by Linda Matchan stated, “The texting, tweeting, and Snapchatting during class time are an incredible distraction and makes it much more difficult to teach. It’s pretty hard to compete with a very funny YouTube video.” You don’t want students to be engaged in a text chat or a video instead of listening to a reading or math lesson. This can distract other kids who might not get good grades either.
Finally it would be a good way for the parents to know if their child was safe if there was an real emergency in the school, like a lockdown, fire hazard, if their kid was safe after a tornado, and or any other bad situation that could happen at the school. “But banning cellphones entirely can create unexpected problems. Many parents support phones in schools so they can coordinate pickups and after-school activities with their children. They also want to be able to reach them in case of emergency.”(Cyndy Taymore).This supports the point, because the teachers don’t know how many times a student has snuck their phone out in class and contacted their parents. To ask them to bring them something they forgot or something they need.
A phone simply opens up too many opportunities to cheat in a classroom. Not only is cheating a problem with phones, but so is the idea of lower grades. Grades are shown to have been lowered before and after the banning of cellphones all across the world. It usually consists of a kid having to put down a phone after a test, and then they get a better grade. According to “Should cellphones be BANNED in schools?
What if a child decides not to work on the assignment and uses their phone inappropriately when they aren 't supposed to? That is a very solid argument, it is also one of the biggest reasons why we don’t allow smart phones in the classroom. Alanis Morissette says. “Isn’t it ironic. After years of struggle between teachers and Students and the use of these smart phones in school, new educational trends are actually encouraging the use of these devices” This is another way of stating, smart phones are already a part of the school system and they aren’t going anywhere.
Lastly, if there is an emergency happening during school, a student will need to reach the authorities, and will not be able to because they don’t have their cellphone at school with them. If an emergency happens during school, and a student has a cell phone, then they can easily contact the authorities, or a medical provider. If a school threat is inside the school, you will be able to contact the authorities, and tell them where the threat is. Lots of times cell phones have saved kids lives because one or more students call the authorities with their own cell phone to call about either a school shooter, or a medical emergency. Also sometimes with cell phones, and a school shooter, students would save lots of lives by contacting the authorities immediately.
Students have become so dependent on their devices: “‘[...] low-achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy,’ according to the study” (Tlumacki). In the classroom, students will hear or feel their phones vibrate or ring. Students will pull their phones out to see if someone needed them, but they end spending more time than they should on their electronic devices. Students can very easily become distracted by their devices and it takes their attention away from the teachers. It has been said that “[s]tudents check their phones and other digital devices in class more than 11 times a day on average, according to the survey of 675 students in 26 states” (Digital distraction in class).
However, there is disparity between parents and children thinking on what the parents want their children in using the device and what actually their children use them for. For example, they play video games, watching video and chatting with their friend with the smartphone all the time. The addiction with smartphone becomes unpleasant for their education. In addition, they reduce the time spend in doing homework and got bad grade in exam due to poor preparation as using their smartphone frequently. In summary, there is need for a better understanding on the usage of smartphone among the children.