What's The Harm In Electronics During School?

May 28, 2009
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Why is it a rule that students are not allowed to listen to their I pods and use their cell phones in school? What if these electronic devices are for a good cause? Here’s a better question, why can’t we use electronics at certain times during school? It’s slightly unfair and I want to address this issue. I believe that the “No electronic devices including cell phones and I pods will be stored out of sight at the start of period one,” policy in Howard County public school system is inappropriate and on the behave of other students we believe it’s an unfair rule. In my opinion cell phones and I pods shall be used in case of an emergency, calculator and for organizing. I pods shall be used during free time and music helps with concentration. Electronics should be allowed because of emergencies, organization, concentration and for educational purposes.

First Electronics could help in an emergency! Now I understand that emergency cards are provided for the authority to call in case of a real emergency, but that is depending on the situation! Emergency cards are used if a student passed out, having an asthma attack or even a seizure. Now an emergency card does not always work. what if the authorities cannot reach anybody on the emergency card? What happens to that student? Now if the child is really sick, having an allergy attack or even injuries; if this student is capable to do so than that student should be allowed to use his or her cell phone. Now I did an interview and I asked an adult “Do you think that electronics should be allowed during school?” The Adult responded “Yes at certain times though, not during class.” I also did an observation this was during 4th period! I observed a young lady, who was not feeling well, texting her dad because the teacher wouldn’t send her to the nurse. In this situation I believe this was an appropriate move because the teacher would not send the young lady to the nurse to call her dad.

Next electronics can also help with concentration. I pods can be used for many different activities if necessary. I believe I pods should be used for concentration purposes like for example a computer assignment. Sites like Cognitive Tutor, HSA Practice Online Testing, and educational game sites require I pods. As long as the I pods are not distracting anybody than it shouldn’t be a problem. Authorities attempt to overreact and not see things from a child’s point of view. I interviewed a student who agreed with the adults “It’s dumb for a kid in school to listen to I pods and talk on Cell phones, it’s also a distraction.” I totally disagree with her response. I also observed during second period listening to his I pod while working on Cognitive Tutor. This student, before he listened to his I pod, was not getting his work done and he stayed on the same unit. When I pods were allowed in only that class this same student was able to complete his unit on Cognitive Tutor.

Finally electronics can be used for educational purposes. Cell phones should be allowed when the student is using his or her calculator to solve an equation. Cell phones should also be allowed when a student needs to copy down an assignment. Like an agenda book for example. Students does not always look through their agenda books, but a student is always looking through their cell phones. The student should be allowed to use their cell phones to stay organized. I pods can keep a student on track in class, but only for certain activities. Electronic devices are not just used for entertainment; they’re also used for educational purposes.

To conclude I do agree with not using electronic devices while the teacher is teaching because it does become a distraction. So why not just let students use it in the morning, during free time and in the after noon? What’s the harm in that? We’re in high school and we should be treated like mature young adults. Students can handle using electronics when they’re suppose to. Electronics should ONLY be used for educational purposes, concentration purposes, and emergency purposes. Electronics again is not only for entertainment pleasures but also for something constructive. As I said before electronics should be allowed during lunch time. Electronics are not hurting anybody, so why ban them right?


Ashley S.

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APPLEPIE1234567 said...
May 15 at 4:51 pm
shayboo said...
Dec. 8, 2015 at 10:15 am
school sucks to students everywhere im not very found of why for i enjoy teaching students but, we keep phones awyay for good reasons unknown to the kids or as the kids say "childrens" unlike many of the students i disagree with phones at school.well atleast phones in class before and after school is okay as welll as in between classes .not in classes though because it destacts the student and they ones around it . its a pretty firm rule and i dont think its going to change anytime soon but i wi... (more »)
smurf said...
May 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm
I have ADHD and music is the only escape from talking or not paying attention. Music is the thing that helps me
shayboo replied...
Dec. 8, 2015 at 10:18 am
u can take special classes to help u with that but its still a pretty firm rule with the no phones untill students can prove differntly thanks for readding
bruh.com said...
Dec. 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm
this is cool and i got nothing to say cuz im working on somthing at school
The_Book_Thief said...
Oct. 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm
As much as I respect your oppinion, the fact is, a lot of people would use their phones/iPods to text each other, play games, and other distracting activities. Another thing I would like to disagree with you about, talking on the phone in class is distracting to other students and the teacher. While there are students that would use the iPods and phones responsibly, not everyone can be trusted to be a responsible, mature young adult. In conclusion, I agree with a small part of your arti... (more »)
The_Book_Thief replied...
Nov. 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Another flaw with your argument is that, with the internet, some kids could cheat on tests.
shayboo replied...
Dec. 8, 2015 at 10:21 am
die revive kill survive we will get phones in school
CalebG said...
Jul. 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm
I totally agree, at least to listen to music. I have ADD ( Attention Defecet Disorder) and it does what it says, I have a BIG problem with paying attention. Yes there are pills and yes I take them but sometimes i just can't help but get distracted, listening to music helps me because it blocks out all the distractions. Have GREAT day :)
sammy said...
Apr. 7, 2014 at 11:20 am
i totally agree kids should be able to listen to music when they write or whenever they want as long as its not when the teacher is talking or distrubting the class devices can be used for educational purposes.
searing_bowman said...
Mar. 26, 2014 at 8:56 am
very intristristing this helped me alot on a assinment thx 
aesomeness1234567 replied...
Jun. 11, 2014 at 10:59 am
yes but there is also another reason for why kids arnt allowed to have electronics first of all some kids cant handle the responsibility  so my point stands correct thank you very much
SallySunshine said...
Mar. 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
I think that electronics should be allowed at school beacause I think it will helps us more in school. I mean I get the fact that there are some people out there who think that we will be cheating in school with electronics, but not everyone does that. If I were to be allowed to have my phone or iPod at school, I would use it to listen to music. Well that's just my opinion..... .-.
stand up123 said...
Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:14 am
Tis is a very good artical and i think students should be able to use there phones in class because some music can help some students learn and helps keep other people calm
brittney said...
Feb. 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm
the percent is 50% but there should more like 70% or 60%
LadyKraken This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm
My school has a zone policy that doesn't really apply to me in particular, but I know about it. You can use your phone at your locker between classes and in the morning before the bell and after the final bell. You can use your phone freely at lunch, even call people. Classrooms are considered red zones, which means no electronics, but some teachers let you have them so long as they are out and visible on your desk. Some require them to be off and some let you charge them. Electronics on t... (more »)
hunterblabla replied...
Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:45 am
my school also lets us, sometimes even we r aloud to play games in class free time.
angelhearted said...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
 i agree, electronics should be allowed on breaks but in my school the students are imature and so leave it up to them to decide whether or not to use it is a bad choice. my father is a teacher there and he`s the only one who allows you to listen to music and use internet he can control them but not the other students. most of the students have respect for him so they dont push it.plus our principal is soft so the students kinda run the school for the worst.
Billy the goat said...
Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
listen electronics should be aloud. But in some conditions. u shouldnt be able to like sit in the way back and just get on instagrahm and text your mom. but lets say u brake your arm. u want to text your parents. yes of course the office is going to call your paren ts. so what u want to tell them your self really. so at the end of the day no one gets hurt.    
11111111110000000000 said...
Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm
ipods and other electronics should be aloud because kids shoud be able to look up and txt on ipods and phones  
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