Usage of mobile phones at school

Usage of mobile phones at school

As cell phones become increasingly prevalent among both adults and youths, many schools face an important position of policy. Whether or not to ban the phones on school ground. Arguments both for and against allowing cell phones at school tend to boil down to appropriate use and the effects of the phone’s presence. While there problems with use of a cell phone in school, many advantages to having one available exists.

Schools and the implementers of the policies that is the teachers need to weigh all factors involved in using cell phones in order to make wise and appropriate decisions.

Having a cell phone on hand enables a student to quickly summon assistance in case of an emergency. Incidents of violent attacks at schools, fires, kidnappings, medical emergencies can be reported quickly so that the appropriate authorities dispatched. Without cell phones available on scene, valuable time can be lost finding a near by phone, dialing out of the schools phone network and finally contacting the authorities.

Cell phones especially smart phones can present considerable distractions to their owners and near by classmates.Distructions come in form of text messages, phone calls, unrestricted internet access and many other entertaining applications. When set to run silently these phones can also distract both when students are in class and during the free periods that ordinarily could be dedicated to studying.

A camera equipped phone can be used to take pictures and videos related to school projects like Geography, study trips and field trips. They can prove useful for assignments involving photography. This is especially useful given that technology is advancing.

Further more allowing students to carry cell phones gives them the ability to contact parents whenever necessary. This can include arranging a different method of getting home; request a forgotten book to be brought to school. Students may also need to make arrangements for after school activities. They may want to go for sports or even stay after lessons to consult a teacher about an assignment they didn’t understand. They can use a cell phone to text or call explaining what they are doing so parents can better co-ordinate with them.

Besides that cell phones in schools invite the risk of theft, many cell phones especially smart phones can be appealing targets to criminals who can remove or extract some valuable parts and resell the phones. Keeping students phones out of the school eliminates the risk of theft and prevents the need for costly replacement of the phones.

With most of the phones having a fully featured web browser, the potential of cheating has grown exponentially Clever students can subtly look up to the answers to test questions using search engines such as google. While careful monitoring often eliminates the issue, the potential for mischief is still considerable.

Cell phones allow students to communicate not just with students in other classes but also other schools and even adults that are not in the school environment. There is potential for social disagreements and even communication with someone who is not approved by parents.

It can lead to students having episodes of being upset while a teacher is trying to conduct lessons.

Banning cell phones won’t eliminate social break ups or disagreements, but it can reduce opportunities of these kinds of issues.

With the prevalence of cell phones in high schools, it is important for students, parents, teachers and administration to carefully consider how and when they should be used. Policies need to take into account the advantages and disadvantages of cell phones in various situations.