Should Cell Phones Be In Schools? The Positives and Negatives

With the growing use of cell phones by kids, they are rarely seen without it. This means that their cell phones are going with them to school. Every school district is different so depending on where you live, the cell phone rules may vary. Even teachers may vary depending on what is allowed in their individual classrooms.

It also seems that elementary children are also added onto the topic of this debate because kids as young as 12 are getting their own cell phones. But what is the actual debate? Do you want your kids to have cell phones in school? There are positives and negatives. Keep reading to find out.

Positives
Constant Contact With Your Child

With the disheartening amount of school shootings continuing to happen, being in constant contact with your child is a necessity. It also helps with coordinating after school activities. Sending a quick text to ask what time practice is over or asking if they are safe during a lockdown are important. Unfortunately the world is not getting any safer so cell phones become the gateway to your child.

Better Teacher/Student Communication

Schools are also adapting to the more technology driven world. Some classrooms are beginning to use apps that allow their students to participate via their cell phones. Group projects are also executed effortlessly with the use of cell phones. Having access to Google and similar search engine sites allow students to find their answers faster and complete tasks quicker.

Text communication can also lead to a better teacher and student relationship. Allowing your kids to text with their teacher in a secure application can reduce the anxiety if you child has any. It will also help develop communication skill.

Better Teacher/Parent Communication

Parents are now able to see their child’s grades and have direct contact to their child’s teacher. If you want to be able to track your child’s progress, tools can be used to do so. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher on their performance, it can easily be done.

Virtual Classrooms

To be able to learn from anywhere in the world can be crucial to some students. Students also are starting to learn outside the classroom as well as using uploading platforms for their assignments. Notes can also be saved in applications versus the traditional pen and notebook. Virtual classrooms can also help kids who have difficulty speaking up in class or who are embarrassed to ask for help. Some schools are also starting to incorporate iPads and Chromebooks to replace textbooks. 

Negative
Cell Phone Distraction

It might be safe to say that cell phones are a distraction from our everyday life. Cell phones are our direct connection to the outside world but they are also distractions. When we are bored or waiting for something, we reach for our cell phones to entertain us. Now your kids are doing the same. When in class, they might be reaching for their phones to distract them from their teachers and also from learning.

Students also could reach for their phones before they reach for their textbooks so a decrease in grades can happen. Kids prefer their apps and social media over studying so putting a cell phone contract into place can help.

Capturing Illegal Activity On School Grounds

Unfortunately schools are not a safe haven for children anymore. With the increase of school shootings, bullying, and illegal activity happening on school grounds, kids are capturing it. “Going live” during school shootings seems to be another thing students are doing.

The idea of “going live” means to use a social media app and live stream what is happening in that exact moment. The live streams from the Parkland, Florida high school shooting went viral so the world was able to get a horrific first hand view of dead teachers and students.

Other illegal activity that is captured is fights between students and sometimes students and teachers. These videos can also go viral depending on the severity of the attack. Even though these aid in criminal charges, it can be embarrassing and detrimental to a child’s future.

Cheating

Cheating has always been prevalent in schools but with the increase of technology, kids are finding more ways to cheat. Kids are getting creative and uploading answers onto their cell phones and smart watches, they are purchasing term papers and exams online, and the traditional way of copying their classmates.

One survey showed that 80% of students admitted to cheating at least once. Using their cell phones to cheat isn’t just during test time. As mentioned above, kids are using the internet to find term papers and exams to cheat. Spark notes are also used as well but now kids can pay companies to write their papers for them for a price. Explain to your child that cheating is not allowed and that it also can ruin their future.

What are your comments and concerns about this topic?
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