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.

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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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This article has 118 comments.

tick Rick said...
on Apr. 19 2015 at 2:34 am
This should not be prohibited

jjshrimpy said...
on Apr. 8 2015 at 10:22 am
jjshrimpy, Hinsdale, New Hampshire
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I agree phones should be embraced in schools allow them to use them during passing times or in study hall in lunch but not during core classes. There rapidly growing and stopping there use is inevitable.

Sunnybuns said...
on Mar. 8 2015 at 6:08 pm

on Mar. 6 2015 at 1:49 pm
@Writer_Jordan boooo !

Ilopy124 said...
on Mar. 6 2015 at 1:47 pm
Boooo !

Mirror said...
on Mar. 5 2015 at 11:09 am
I agree with this,i mean its GR8. But please increase more.

Mikey5678 said...
on Feb. 27 2015 at 11:10 am
thanks guys ily you all for the info thanks!!!!!!!!!

kane noll said...
on Feb. 23 2015 at 9:35 am
or put them n front of room

caitlynm_ said...
on Feb. 22 2015 at 10:45 pm
I disagree strongly that cell phones shouldn't be allowed in school. Cell phones are great learning resources from research to a calculator to just taking pictures of notes or assignments. Yes, there are the cons like cheating and disruptions, which is why I believe the should have to be silented during class and during any graded assinments or exams cell phones should have to be turned of and if a student gets caught using it they should get in trouble.

on Feb. 22 2015 at 3:48 pm
I disagree but agree because I use mine in school becSue I'm aloud but if a kid does not follow the rules I should not be aloud

Rifi said...
on Feb. 17 2015 at 2:47 pm
I am really inspired by this .. I am using this information for my speech and hopefully it will inspire my fellow robots in my class ... Thank you for being so helpful and inspiring with your article and hopefully you continue writing things like theses about other problems...* once again I say thank you with a touched heart *..!!•

on Feb. 13 2015 at 7:32 pm
Writer_Jordan GOLD, Ellicott City, Maryland
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This is a good article, but I believe cell phones have a positive impact on my education. My school implemented the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy this year. We use phones as research tools. In addition, BYOD eliminated the whole "phones disrupting class" debacle.

on Feb. 12 2015 at 1:55 pm
Good choice on writing an essay to the principal you could tell them what happens to kids with a cell phone

duhweirdo said...
on Feb. 10 2015 at 7:50 pm

iluvcats said...
on Feb. 7 2015 at 6:01 pm
@cthuluChild I agree, I do not have one but most of my friends do. I am writing an essay about why we should not have cell phones at school and giving it to the principal...anonymously.

miyah said...
on Feb. 5 2015 at 6:12 pm
I like this but add more

on Jan. 17 2015 at 8:10 pm
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katie k said...
on Jan. 17 2015 at 7:21 pm
@Roseatta @R-QUE @cthuluChild @d-eadward

Bradd said...
on Jan. 13 2015 at 1:03 pm
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on Dec. 10 2014 at 2:44 pm
its a good sourse to use if u ask me

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