Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
In most of the schools cell phones are not allowed and also most of the people think that cell phone has alot of disadvantages and in schools cell phones are the cause of disturbance.
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Yes, it should be allowed for the case of emergency.
Mobile phone use as a subject in school as computer is there.
There could be emergencys and it's their own choice.
For perents to get a hold of the child
Cell phone helps communication goes on
As it is stated "mobile Phone", students will bring it wherever they are such as, in the toilet, library, cafe, or even class. It grows the mobility and flexibility between parents and their children. Why mobility and flexibility are so important? In case their parents are sick, or someone important for them is dead, or most cases, the students needs their parents help to bring something important that they forget, mobile phone is the first help to access, unless there is no even an account in their cell phone. Even if there may be a phone center in any school, yet it is still not as flexible as mobile phone. If the case is about class disturbance, it does not mean that we have to completely ban them. we can just simply establish a helpful school policy. For example, during the class the teacher shall ask student to put their cell phone in front of the class, or near the teacher. Then, student will have no chance to make use it wrongly that may disturb the class session. So overall, cell phone helps student to shorten the range between their parents. Parents can still control them. Parents still have their capability to inform anything important.
Yes, to some degree
I think that people should be allowed to be using their iPod's and electronic devices when it is recess time because that is the time when you are free to do anything you want. if people want to spend their recess on there iPod's when it is their free time, I think that, that is totally fair. I think that any other time during school hours is not ok, because if a person is talking and you are sitting in your seat with your iPod, then you might get it taken away, but it is also being disrespectful to the person that is talking, because you are not giving them your attention and being a respectful listener.
you can download games and apps prior to going to school and use them while connected to school wifi or not
They can be used as a tool.
They Can Be Used Educationally.
point being, we learn more from searching and studying that we do from google doing our work for us.
In the end, it comes down to the fact that cheating is easier, much more accessible, being distracted, plaiying games is right at the finger tips of the students. Then comes the whole "listening to the music while the techers trying to talk"... not a good idea.
Then is comes down to money. If you want to eliminate paper and such and have all documents on a laptop or another sort of hand-held device (tablet, mp3 player, phone) then schools could eliminate books, worksheets ect. But this means every student needs to have the same device which so that the teacher can provide documents (in the same file format). This also means that every parent or school district needs to dish out so much money for very student to have said electronic device. This means instead of $40 for a lost text book, its $200-500 for the electronic devic thats lost or stolen. This would increase "crime rate" in schools!
Overall its expensive, allow for kids to cheat, get distracted and learn in less effective way. The idea of it sounds nice, but its not as good as the first glance.
If used correctly they can diminish interruptions.
No, because students will be distracted
In case of family emergency, the teachers have a cell phone and the parents could call them.
camera phones are used to harass students
Kids who get threatening text messages and phone calls are 4 times as likely to commit suicide than their counterparts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvXqywwV7cw]] "Over a quarter (26%) of teen cell phone users reported having been harassed by someone else through their cell phone. Girls are significantly more likely to experience this (30%) than boys (22%). This trend is more common for those teens whose parents are under 40 and low in educational attainment."- [[http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Teens-and-Mobile-Phones/Chapter-5/The-cell-phone-has-become-a-new-venue-for-harassment-and-bullying-of-teens.aspx]] [[http://www.examiner.com/parenting-education-in-utica/cell-phones-negatively-impact-our-school-communities]] school fights/rapes are recorded via cell phone to add to the humiliation of the victim and the sense of empowerment perpetrators of these crimes have; there is an understanding that most of them are not caught, even after evidencing their crime and using videos and pictures to spread more fear. "Many schools in London have banned mobile phones because of fears of bullying and robbery. A number of violent attacks on schoolchildren have been filmed on mobile phones equipped with video cameras.In one of the most serious incidents a teenager was shot in the leg by two teenagers who photographed her injuries with a mobile phone. Kerry Deville, 17, had surgery to remove the pellet at Leeds General Infirmary after the incident in Wortley."[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1364626/Up-28-men-filmed-gang-rape-cell-phones-girl-11-Texas.html]] [[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article534788.ece]]
Happy slapping trend: Take away the camera phone = kill the fad
The Phrase Finder describes the phenomenon thus:
Unprovoked attacks on individuals made in order to record the event, and especially the victim's shock and surprise, on video phones.
Origin: Happy slapping ... began as a youth craze in the UK in late 2004. Children or passers by are slapped or otherwise mugged by one or more of a gang while others record the event on video and then distribute it by phone or Internet.
Initially the attacks were, as the phrase would have us believe, fairly minor pranks ... As the craze spread the attacks became more vicious – often serious assaults known in legal circles as grievous bodily harm."
"United Kingdom: On 9 May 2005, a 16-year-old Plant Hill Arts College student was beaten up and left unconscious in a vicious "happy slapping" attack in Blackley. Footage of the attack was circulated on students' phones.
United Kingdom, 18 June 2005: Police arrested three 14-year-old boys for the suspected rape of an 11-year-old girl who attended their school in Stoke Newington, London. Authorities were alerted when school staff saw footage from the students' phones.
United Kingdom, 7 December 2005: Singer Mylene Klass was happy-slapped in Bermondsey, South London.
United Kingdom, December 2005: A 15-year-old-girl, Chelsea O'Mahoney (an alias) and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were all found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley near Waterloo Station, in London. Barry Lee, 20, and another 17-year-old were cleared of all charges. According to press reports, "The 15-year-old girl had told Morley that she was making a documentary about 'happy slapping' before her gang of friends kicked him to death."
Denmark, 10 May 2006: Two men aged 17 and 19 attacked a woman in Copenhagen; one kicked the victim while the other filmed the incident using a mobile phone. Two plain clothes police officers saw the incident, and the assailants were immediately arrested and the mobile phone confiscated.
Sweden, 1 September 2006: After a 16-year-old boy happy-slapped and hospitalised a 15-year-old Balkan boy in the city of Örebro, the victim's 17-year-old sister stabbed and killed the assailant with a hunting knife and claimed self-defence. The killing was filmed and distributed online.
Australia, 23 October 2006: Police in Victoria launched an investigation into the contents of a DVD at the centre of the 2006 Melbourne teenage DVD controversy which contained footage of several teenagers sexually assaulting a girl and setting her hair on fire. Copies of the film were allegedly sold at the Werribee Secondary College for $10.
United Kingdom, 26 January 2007: Andrew Elvin, 17, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years for the murder of Luke Salisbury, who died three days after being attacked by Elvin on 2 March 2006. Caine Hallett, 18, was sentenced to five years for manslaughter for the same incident, while Danielle Reeves, 18, faced a retrial in May 2007 for manslaughter.
United Kingdom, 14 February 2007: Eight youths set upon a 31 year-old man in Brighton, who turned out to be an amateur boxer. Two of the youths were hospitalised by the intended victim and four were arrested for causing an affray.
United Kingdom, July 2007: Anthony Anderson, 27, of Hartlepool, urinated on a dying woman while a friend made a video of the incident. He is reported to have yelled "This is YouTube material!" 
United Kingdom, November 2007: Emily Nakanda, 15, a contestant in the TV show The X Factor, withdrew from the competition after a happy slapping video in which Nakanda allegedly attacks a teenage girl was discovered on the internet.
United Kingdom, February 2008: A 15-year-old girl admitted filming the death of Gavin Waterhouse, 29, in a "happy slapping" attack which ruptured his spleen, and was convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter. She was sentenced to two years detention. The judge stated that the courts had to make an example of such youths.
United Kingdom, May 2008: A teenage girl fell to her death from an attic window while trying to escape a "happy slapping" girl gang.
United Kingdom, August 2009: A retired care worker was assaulted and killed by two teens as he left his house of worship."
From fights over a girl at the gate, underage sex, rape, teen pregnancies to Latrine humiliations, none of this is new. All of these things have been reported in books, journals, articles, movies and T.V programs dated from before everyone over 13 had a cell phone. To blame cellphones for this , is rubbish.
The logical answer has always been psychological counselling, juvenile imprisonment or some other curative/preventive/disciplinary action. To snuff/censor the act is to censure it . It is the least effective and most ignorant way to handle this. Pretending there isn't a problem, won't do away with it.
No, the schools have phones, the students can use those.
no cellphones should not be allowed in school
they can be used to cheat on tests
Even non smart phones can be used to text answers.
What do you think?