Why Cell Phones Should Not be Allowed in a School Setting

April 28, 2012
By notquitesoancient BRONZE, Merritt Island, Florida
notquitesoancient BRONZE, Merritt Island, Florida
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In this modern world everyone has a cellphone. By 2010 seventy-five percent of twelve to seventeen year olds owned mobile phones and in the past two years that number has increased (Ludden). Recently, the use of cell phones for cheating on tests, a new method of passing notes, and even cyber bullying have become major issues. Brevard County already has strict policies regarding phone use in schools, if caught with a cell phone students get a referral, their phone is confiscated, and after repeat offenses they can lose their phone privileges (Student/Parent Contract). But are these rules strict enough? If fifty-four percent of students admit to using phones in schools where similar rules are in place, they obviously are not (Ludden). For the good of the students cellphones need to be banned from schools.

What would you rather go a week without; your cellphone or your toothbrush? Forty percent of iPhone users answered toothbrush to this question (Ludden). As a society we are addicted to our cell phones and students are by far the worst offenders sending more texts a day than any other age group, an average of three hundred and thirty-three per month in 2010 (Watters). When the dismissal bell rings at just about any school you are sure to witness dozens of students whipping out their phones almost instantaneously. “If you can’t go six hours without your phone, you’re addicted,” says Diane Phillips, 2011’s Brevard County Teacher of the Year, at the 2011-2012 Brevard Future Educators conference when speaking about the distractions of phones while studying (Philips). It would be beneficial not only to the education of students but to their health as well to separate them from their phones for the time that they are at school. A study by Gaby Badre shows that teenagers who use their phones constantly often experience “increased restlessness with more careless lifestyles, more consumption of stimulating beverages, difficulty in falling asleep and disruptive sleep, and more susceptibility to stress and fatigue.” (Excessive Mobile Phone Use Affects Sleep) Many people who use cell phones too much also experience headaches and even a phantom ringing sound distracting them and keeping them awake at night. (Braff)

Health effects aside, it is well know that texting in class has become a growing epidemic. When students are allowed to have their phones with them in class, many will take this as an opportunity to use them. This leads to disruptions in class, bullying, and even cheating on tests. (Cohen) There has also been some discussion on whether texting effects spelling and writing in the classroom setting. If students are texting in class, “computer talk” can affect their grades. In a survey on edutopia, fifty-four percent of people found that texting was having an effect on the writing habits of young people. (Watters)

One of the most common reason that parents like their kids to keep their phones with them at school is so that in the case of an emergency, their kids can call them. However, in an emergency situation, cellphones can sometimes create as many problems as they solve. Phone systems are only designed to take so many signals at once and too many signals can cause the system to crash. Take the recent earthquake in Virginia for example; as many people hurried to call their friends and family the cell and landline systems were down for up to an hour. For a short time this created mass panic and people thought cell towers and telephone poles were knocked down by the earthquake. In the case of an emergency like this it could render the school’s phone system useless if hundreds of kids start making calls all at once. (Rush) Not only can cell phones escalate emergencies in school they can even cause them, students have been known to call in bomb threats in order to get out of class. Last year Jefferson had a bomb threat, the entire school was evacuated and the hazmat team had to search the school. All of that started because of a post on Facebook by a disgruntled student who didn’t want to go to school that day. If a student has their phone on at school when a classmate or teacher makes them angry they could make a post like this; sending the school into a frantic state of emergency. Although the student would later be expelled for the bomb threat but if phones weren’t allowed in the first place cases like this could be prevented, saving valuable class time.

Allowing cell phones in school is a danger to the health and education of students. Banning cell phones is in the best interest of everyone; it will help student’s grades, separate them from the negative effects for a few hours, and it helps the school to keep students safe in an emergency, and even prevent bomb threats. Schools have the power to help prevent all of these things cell phones can cause by simply banning them from their campus.

The author's comments:
An arcticle for a school debate, if you would like to see the other side of the debate it is posted by Rosseata (did I spell that right?).

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Sydn said...
on Sep. 21 2016 at 12:09 pm
You can also wait till you get home to check your grades.

on Sep. 14 2016 at 10:57 am
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i agree the author is clearly an untouched virgin who has never had intercourse

on Sep. 14 2016 at 10:56 am
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you think that being a virgin is cool you loser

Happy said...
on Sep. 9 2016 at 7:04 am
Essay is good

overborg99 said...
on Sep. 2 2016 at 5:30 pm
how many reports of phantom ringing have you heared about? ??????????????????

d.dry said...
on Aug. 28 2016 at 3:33 pm
another reason is that the students might record corrupt behavior by the teachers. also, the phones would make the students feel empowered and will prevent the proper indoctrination by the public school system.

on Jul. 27 2016 at 11:23 pm
this is the most ignorant thing i have read. i mean yeah it's clear you are intelligent and well spoken however, your reaching at connections that aren't really there. Although you have some valid points as well, saying that banning cell phones on school campus will end cyberbullying and bomb threats is kind of a stretch. Also if a student is willing to call in a bomb threat to get out of class there is something wrong with them that simply banning their phone from the school campus just can't fix. Another loose end you forgot is that cyberbullying is normally done from where the bully feels most comfortable ,and that doesn't tend to be school. And, if a kid doesn't want to go to school wouldn't he call in the threat before they get to the campus. Not to mention that most schools do have a ban on cellphones during school hours, students still find a way to use them. For example at my school if you have it out during school hours (7:30-3:35) including any and all breaks the phone is taken and you have to pay a fee that grows by 20$ each time it is taken to get it back. Students still find away to use it without it being taken away or just wait until after school. As you can see the use of cellphones is unstoppable. What we should focus on is how to make it productive instead of getting rid of it like a, school mode that activates every time you step foot on campus that takes away the functions that makes it a distraction.

on Jul. 24 2016 at 8:41 am
I have seen cyber bullying pop up a lot in arguements. I know it's an issue but all I can think about is the fact that the person who is bullied is a person who is either really annoying, a stupid person or has done something stupid. Also it is simple to just ignore it or send something back to fend them off. In the famous words of cool cat say to the bully "maybe if you where nicer you would have friends."

jordan said...
on May. 19 2016 at 9:51 pm
Students not focusing and having this access can cause low test scores and grades. Students and kids aren't paying attention in class because they are texting, posting, and more. According to the article Cell phones should not be allowed in school, “ when technology is multipurpose, such as cell phones, it can both be distracting and disruptive.”(paragraph 3)This is saying that no matter what students think, texting while in class isn't helpful and there's no way to do both and still be learning. Another reason is that kids get bullied online all the time. Even at schools where phones aren't really supposed to be kids can still send out hurtful texts and posts. More information on cyber bullying came from Kathy Brock, (ABC news,Text Bullying, article 7) “Over 25 percent of kids and students repeatedly get bullied online or through a cell phone.” This is a fact showing that students get bullied by phones and this even happens at school. Not many schools have strict rules on phones and kids get distracted and get bullied by cell phones. This all causes loss of focus and lower test scores.

Mitchell.S. said...
on May. 19 2016 at 1:57 pm
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unless of course that bomb threat really happened

Mitchell.S. said...
on May. 19 2016 at 1:55 pm
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i dont think it should be banned no matter what

mitchell said...
on May. 19 2016 at 1:45 pm
really good advice coming from me....the smartest kid in my grade 6 class

on Apr. 7 2016 at 2:56 pm
Thanks for the info really helped persuade me into a new side i used to think that students should not have there phone in class due to the distractions but i found some really great information i never thought of before thank you i really needed the information for my school speech i really never thought i would disagree with not having phones in school but hey there´s always persuasion.;)

on Mar. 31 2016 at 11:44 pm
Thanks, this helped a lot with my essay! The reasons are really good and another reason is radiation. It is really bad to have on you at all times

on Mar. 22 2016 at 10:39 am
you have compters...i know im a student

on Mar. 14 2016 at 12:43 pm
BuddingRose GOLD, Irwin, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"A person's a person, no matter how small." -Dr.Suess

I understand your side of the debate, but in some cases, the cell phone can be useful in situations like checking grades. I have downloaded the PowerSchool application on my phone, and it has helped me keep track of my grades when a computer is out of reach. But saying cell phones should be banned completely is a bit on the extreme side.

on Mar. 14 2016 at 12:15 am
You can call in the office or in the classroom telephone. I am pretty sure that teacher will allow you to call from there if you tell them it is an emergency. So, I think cell phones are no good in schools.

on Mar. 10 2016 at 4:52 pm
i think people should not use phones because it could be a ditratoion

on Mar. 9 2016 at 12:12 pm
This really helped me on my essay! Thanks so much!

on Mar. 7 2016 at 12:32 pm
You can live without your phone for 6 hours. If it is an emergency I understand, but otherwise you can go without it.

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