Cellphone In School

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The adoption of cell phones by the younger generation has been a global phenomenon in recent years. Mobile devices have been accessible all around the world for over 10 years, but neither school officials nor the legislators have yet come to a clear resolution on allowing students to use them at school. In high schools and colleges, devices like tablets, smartphones, and laptops being used for education purposes are becoming more and more common. These devices are being used in hopes of improving student’s overall educational performance; students are using devices for activities such as answering questions, note taking, and researching. Although the intended purposes of these devices are to improve educational experiences for students, there…show more content…
If students are being distracted on their phones in class they simply aren’t learning. “With the presence of your phone, you’re wondering what those people are doing,” says Bill Thorton, a professor at the University of Southern Maine. “Even if it’s just mental, your focus is not on the task at hand, whether it be trying to write an article, get this spreadsheet set up, or just socializing; your mind is elsewhere.” (Justin Worland). Most teachers want students to get good grades and do their best in school, but it’s not possible when they are contradicting themselves by allowing cell phones in school/classrooms. When teachers are giving their students lectures or teaching an important lesson is is very easy to lose focus with a cell phone right by their side. School is the place to study and cell phones only create distractions from learning. Excluding cell phones from school will help help improve students’ grades by eliminating the distraction, and allowing their focus to be solely on the teacher. Distraction isn’t the only con about cell phones. Cyber bullying is a major worldwide issue contributed by cell phones as…show more content…
Billions of people are active on social media, allowing students to contact each other from anywhere. When students have cell phones in school they can send anything they want to anyone they want with a touch of a button. After surveying 20,406 ninth- through twelfth-grade students, a total of 15.8% reported cyber bullying. 25.9% reported school bullying in the past 12 months, and 36.3% of school bullying victims were also cyberbullying victims. Victims reported lower school performance and school attachment. Controlled analysis indicated that distress was highest among victims of cyberbullying (American Journal of Public Health). Cyberbullying has been linked to high absentee rates, poor student performance, and low teacher morale. By not allowing cell phones in school, the amount of time that cyberbullies have to be mean is essentially cut in half. The best way to prevent cyberbullying is to eliminate resources that the bullies have. By not allowing students to bring cell phones to school, cyberbullying will be averted at least during the school day. The negative aspects of having cell phones in school, such as cyberbullying, outweigh any reasons that students should be allowed to have them. Some people believe that cell phones are a necessity for communication, especially between parents and children. For example, if a student misses their bus or no longer has a ride home from school, they are
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