Should the Cell phones be allowed in schools

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools

Last updated: July 29, 2017

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.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Yes, it should be allowed for the case of emergency.

It should be allowed to use cell phones in schools as if there is any emergency case parents can easily inform their children. It should not be allowed to use during lectures but during break it should be allowed. And it also helps after school time as if the children have any transport problem they can inform their parents. Other than this if they have to stay at school after the school time is over for any type of preparation they can inform their parents. but there is some schools that let phones in because of the safety reasons.
No because...
In case of emergency parents can contact head masters/mistresses or other members of the school faculty. Emergencies can occur during classes. What is a school child supposed to do in emergencies?

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Mobile phone use as a subject in school as computer is there.

In today's world there is a lot of progress in the tecnology about the mobile phones. AS the computer's, now mobile's retated sholud be also taught to the students and should made thm aware about its bad and good effects.
No because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

There could be emergencys and it's their own choice.

I think that the students should be allowed to bring cell phones as long as they don't disrupt class or distract themselves and not pay attention due to the phone, if that happens the teachers can just confiscate it and tell that particular student that he/she may not be able to bring a cellphone to school. I think students should have the right of bringing a cellphone to school because its theirs. They have responsibility. if they dont cause trouble with it i think they should be allowed because also it is really convenient for emergencies and also the school phones might be out or they might not have access to one so it think bringing a cell phone is handy also you could use it to help for your classes like a calculator or as a flashlight. Therefore cellphones should be allowed.
No because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

For perents to get a hold of the child

If something has happen or if they want to rearrange to be met somewhere else
No because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Cell phone helps communication goes on

well, we have to thoroughly see what it is meant by not allowing. If not allow mean no cell phone at all within school circumstance, i would like to say big no.

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.
No because...
student shouldnt be allowed to bring cell phones to school and excuses like flexibilty is really ridiculous there is no need for that i mean there is already a system that works just fine. if there is a emergency the parents or guirdian should call the school office and then they will send some one down to inform the child plus texting or calling the child wouldnt make a difference because yuo are still going tohave to go through the office people to take your child out of school so that will be a even longer process and even if a teacher does take their cell phones of them during class think about during lunch times students have the opportunity to miss use their cell phone such as text bully many kids have been affected by this and allowing students to bring their phones to schoolwill only make things worse especially for the teacher because of the distractions of cellphones capability may be important but so is a childs education and future

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Yes, to some degree

I think that iPod's should not be allowed in school to some degree because it gets distracting at times, and people can be playing games and be on the internet instead of listening to the teacher and learning at school. There is a purpose to school, and if you decide to just sit there and play games all day then you will not learn anything, and your grades might start dropping.

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
No because...
I think you are wrong. You could download a program that allows you to block websites. If you have them in your school you can auto matically deny any games or webistes.That they should not be be on. You are not being disrecpetful. If you are not looking and just ingoring te person thats how i fill.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

They can be used as a tool.

Most schools dont have a computer of some sort so the kids have to write those papers. Yet if you add ipods to the school it cuts back on paper and other materials that are needed for school such a pencils, and ink. Think do you really want ipods in school.
No because...
Your theory requires every student to have an ipod, which is either coming from the parents pocket (which will start big problems) or its coming from the schools pocket (which is a lot more money, trusting a kid to not lose/steal that ipod). in the end, the computers would be cheaper and more "green" :)

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...


They should be allowed because it used for educational related tasks like, using the calculator or searching up information or taking notes when you forget your notebook or pencil. But I also think that teachers should limit the use of it, like during lessons and only to use during work time. It''s not like the teacher will let students use it during a test!
No because...
Students will hide the iPod on a test, so why take the chance of having to have a student retake the test. It would also give the kids a grade they don't deserve.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

They Can Be Used Educationally.

In my opinion ipods,cellphones, and other electric devices should not be banned because you could use these devices for learning. Ipods could be used as calculators. Cellphones also used as calculators and if you can get internet you could search something small and quick up. Other electronic devices like laptops can be used for reasearch for note taking etc. We are living in the twetny first century, people have to recognize that we are getting more into technology and getting rid of paper and pencil. Electronics are moving there way into our lives and theres nothing we can od to stop it. Using technology in class is definetly a yes. There's so much more you can do when using things like ipods, cellphones and other electronic devices. Yes students will be off task sometimes but they wil still get there work done. Over all I tihnk that elctronic devices should be aloud in schools for educaitonal reasons.
No because...
allowed* and you had a device you could have looked that up on.

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.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

If used correctly they can diminish interruptions.

Let's assume a large class is taking a test. This class has maybe twenty-five students. The odds that you are able to separate all the students that may possibly be talkative or disruptive is minuscule, but if you allow these students to use an iPod at a low volume they will likely just listen contently. I have personally seen students get away with it for the simple reason that they draw no attention with their head down listening quietly to their preferred music. Isn't the focus of many school rules to minimize distraction to other class members?
No because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

No, because students will be distracted

Cell phones should not be allowed in schools because if the students get bored, they might use them to play games or do other activities that distract their attention from learning.
In case of family emergency, the teachers have a cell phone and the parents could call them.
Yes because...
Sometimes teachers, parents or students are part of the problem. Parents with teacher cell numbers can include fathers/mothers/students who want to have an affair with a teacher(or vice versa) thus harass the teacher in question(or vice versa) with a multitude of text messages and after-hours phone calls, obsessive paranoid parents who want teachers to hop at their command, and students who think a teacher is their friend and should be updated on and invited to their every social venture. Conversely, teachers may harass parents/students. [[]]

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

camera phones are used to harass students

"Last month, WBOY reported on an incident at WFMS where a fight in the bathroom was recorded on a cellphone and posted on Facebook. Everyone involved in the fight was tagged, including the boy who was beaten up." -[[]]

Kids who get threatening text messages and phone calls are 4 times as likely to commit suicide than their counterparts. [[]] "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."- [[]] [[]] 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."[[]] [[]]
Yes because...
It is not the knowledge/reporting of these crimes that needs to be drawn to a halt but their perpetration. Kids will be raped,bullied and harassed with or without cell phones. At least with cellphone evidence the police or ultimately the law can't shrug the incident off. [[]] currently most rape cases are dismissed and there are cases where rape victims are dubbed drunken/drugged seducers. [[]] [[]] At least when evidence is documented even when it is by malicious evil-doers with cruel intentions, the justice system can't turn a blind eye to justice.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

Happy slapping trend: Take away the camera phone = kill the fad

Many students, like biased media hubs are interested in shocking, horrifying and getting the attention of a mass audience via cheap thrills. A camera phone is the perfect mechanism by which young people aim to derive their 60 minutes of fame. The more shocking the video, the greater the attention/ratings/Youtube-views, take the camera away and the opportunity for fame(main motivation for this sort of erratic behavior) is also removed. [[]] "Happy Slapping is known to have started in the South London London Borough of Lewisham,[3][4] in a format known as "Slap Happy TV", where a happy-slapping video would be recorded, and then watched by dozens of people like a TV show. The first newspaper article to use the phrase "happy slapping" was "Bullies film fights by phone", published in The Times Educational Supplement on 21 January 2005, in which reporter Michael Shaw described teachers' accounts of the craze in London schools.
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.[18]
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.[19]
United Kingdom, 7 December 2005: Singer Mylene Klass was happy-slapped in Bermondsey, South London.[20]
United Kingdom, December 2005: A 15-year-old-girl, Chelsea O'Mahoney (an alias)[21] 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."[22][23]
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.[24]
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.[25]
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.[26][27]
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.[28]
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.[29]
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!" [30]
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.[31]
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,[32] and was convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter.[33] She was sentenced to two years detention. The judge stated that the courts had to make an example of such youths.[34]
United Kingdom, May 2008: A teenage girl fell to her death from an attic window while trying to escape a "happy slapping" girl gang.[35]
United Kingdom, August 2009: A retired care worker was assaulted and killed by two teens as he left his house of worship.[36]"
Yes because...
Instead of taking away phones, using the premise that bullies are attention seekers; wouldn't it be more sensible to figure why they crave attention or why their willing to use extreme violence to promote themselves?

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.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

No, the schools have phones, the students can use those.

The students at school bring their phones in case of an "emergency". But realistically the only serious emergencies that are happening at school are forgetting your gym clothes or lunch one day. In my school perticularly, an elementary school, you shouldn't need a cellphone, there is a phone in every classroom, as long as you ask the teacher, they'll probably let you use it, but with a personal cell phone, students can always get distracted and be tempted to use them during class.
Yes because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

no cellphones should not be allowed in school

i think cellphones are a bad idea to bring to school because there is a probability that you phone might get lost, and your going to tell your parents that you lost the phone. They would get really mad at you. The other bad thing about bringing your cellphone to school is that someone might steal it and not give it back to you. They also might call random people and talk to them. If your cell phone has an annoying ring tone it might ring in class and the teacher might take it and not give it back to you. There are so many things that can go wrong so i think that cellphones should not be allowed in school. If there is an emergency then you can use the office phone or use your friends.KA
Yes because...

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

they can be used to cheat on tests

with all the new smartphones that have internet access, it is easy enough to simply google an answer.
Even non smart phones can be used to text answers.
Yes because...

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I don’t think kids should have phones in school because kids get cyberbullied and 4,400 kids a year commit suicide because of it and no one can go a second without picking up a device like if there’s a commercial in between a movie on the tv the first thing people do is pick up there phone and when people are at the table they start picking up there phone and totally ignoring the other person and not interacting with others and there are some people who disagree witch i totally understand because there are also some good things about cell phones like kids can use them for a learning tool or if they miss the bus they can get a ride or if they forget something at home that they can text someone at home and ask them to bring it so there are a lot of good and bad things about cell phones being allowed in school and there are also a lot of opinions.


Guys let me tell u something
Most teachers prepare their lessons from the internet so the teachers are depending on internet then why don’t students use internet or “google” to prepare the lesson before the teacher explain it then they would have a background about the lesson and if they had a question they would ask.
Another thing is that searching for an answer for ur question helps u understand it more than receiving a direct answer .seeing much point of views help u understand something from all directions more.
Also it will help students just to carry their devices that has their ebooks and never carry all their books that weigh more than 8kg every day that will cause for them back problems. ofcoarse studying in electronic books would be different than in real books but it will help students more.
Also it would me more fun in doing activities for students using programs like “Kahoot” and more.
And then its according to the student to follow rules or to not and get hisself into problems and distraction, so the school need to do its job in teaching and that’s all.
This is written by a student in 8th grade in a school where electronic devices are not allowed.

Andrew Readinger

I think that phones should be allowed at school because students could just put them in their booksacks during class and if they need to call their parents if their sick or they need something they can. Phones aren’t even that big of a deal if you have them at break either because the key word is “BREAK”.


I think you are right


Rebuttal of “If used correctly, they can diminish interruption”
Of course the focus of many school rules is to minimize distraction to other members of the class, but think about that student as well. School rules focus on minimize distraction to every class member, including the most talkative ones.
So imagine every class member participated to the teacher but the student with their Ipod participated on their favorite music. That student may not speak, but they can’t focus on the class, ‘cause they’re focus on their fav songs !
And then there is test. Maybe in class the student did take notes and listens well. But think about it. There are many ways to cheat when you have an Ipod. For example, record the lesson and in exams just simply plug your earphones, put it on, play the record and pretends to move like you’re listening to music, and no one knows you’re cheating!
Believe me, that would be a very common way to cheat if schools allow electronic devices. And then e ven the teacher checks the songs, when the record is done they could change the name into name of songs. So with just an Ipod you can cheat, let’s better not think about ways to cheat with cellphones and other devices that is smarter than an Ipod


To prevent cheating, teachers can keep the students’ phones in a protected place. A way to discourage students from trying their luck is to threaten to confiscate phones for a long period of time. Students will (hopefully) think about the huge consequences and allow their teachers to hold onto their cell phone during the test period.


That’s why students shouldn’t depend on the phones to study. As they search answers from the internet, they become dependant on phones and become too overconfident that they can’t listen to the teachers. Which leads them to fail in the exams.

sheik abdul

But that has a downside for students may carry an extra cell phone with them or even use calculators which may not be allowed for the tests and yet they resort to cheat even if the teacher confiscates all the phones under his or her watch their can be a big problem where by a phone gets lost and the teacher will be held responsible.many in this way have a great loss which would bot ha e happened if the phones were banned at first place.rather than wasting time collecting phones and starting tests it is better to never be allowed in school


I think that it should be allowed in school because it can be used as an emergency tool, can use educational apps, it’s a convenient way to stay in touch, it is an extra layer of security, and can be a research tool. I agree, that some people won’t use it for this, but it can easily be turned off and put in a pocket. Some school districts (most) have restricted some websites and stuff like that so it won’t be a problem.


I think that the majority of the students don’t use phones properly even after many precautions. There are also many websites which are inappropriate to watch for students whose duty is to study. They get addicted to games. But even if a student doesn’t get addicted to games, the student uses the media to get their answers i,e., The Google, the student will get addicted to search answers instead of thinking by his own. This causes the sense that the student has READ the answers, but can’t remember their answers as the habit of finding answers by themselves gets over. This causes less memory abilities. It also causes them to be overconfident of themselves which may lead them to fail in exams. This causes to things; they cheat in exams or getting themselves in the state of depression, which causes them tension and have lacking abilities to study properly. These are one of the main reasons to the teens who remain in depression. So it’s better to use mobiles in home or ask teacher for any doubts. It’s a strong opinion of me to not use mobile phones in schools.

Im Cool

I think they should be able to have phones in school because they can be used to look up a word in a dictionary or if they don’t know how to spell a word they can look up how to spell it on the internet.


I think if phones can help in spellings, then why are the teachers available in schools. Or it’s better to study at home if you want to study from internet. Asking helps from the teachers helps the students for getting better information from the point where the student is lacking the most. Teachers can understand students clearly whereas say all the answers are understood by the internet. As the internet is made from the human brain, it is better to ask from a teacher. It’s said that no super computers can run as fast as the human brain.

yo bro

but the cruelness and discrimination among the student’s by the teachers in today’s world are constantly growing day by day which is not helping one. in fact, it is demotivating the students which is leading to bad results.


But what if a student is sick or just needs to know how their gong to get home they’re going to need a mobile phone to communicate with their parents.


I was surprised when a 12 year old child’s iPhone 10 that was fully charged when he left for school was at 3% by the time he returned home. He said that there was a substitute teacher for 2 of his classes, so there wasn’t any teaching – just gaming for those 2 hours. In his remaining 4 classes, there was at least a half an hour in each class to play games on the phone. Is this what education has become in the modern age? The teachers just sit there playing on their phones while the class does the same? Parents have no way of limiting screen time even if they want to with an educational system that allows them to play games on their phones during most of the school day at times. There isn’t free WiFi for the kids, so I am guessing it’s not the school system’s official ‘teaching’ plan. Surprisingly, this is a decent school system in a fairly well to do area. There are health ramifications from this type of radiation exposure as well but I won’t open that can of worms here.


No mobile phone should not be allowed in the school allowing mobile phone will rise the competition between student as overwhelm of latest and expensive model of mobile so according to my view mobile phone should not be allowed in the school and if it is allowed the student who want to do study also did not take his attention to the study because we know that there are many interesting social networks like WhatsApp Facebook YouTube histogram vidmate etc. that attract students are people towards it and if we use it as a nice way that it is useful but if we start to use it for malicious purpose then it become very dangerous


Some study material phone and tablet are also there in which all the system is related to the studies only so this will help them and not disattract their mind and help them in studies

nokwazi jamile

yes I think children should bring cell phones to school because sometimes in life you need knowledge from the society and sometimes you just have to do it yourself but many people would prefer learning from their phones. besides that what if a learner struggles in school and needs to research something from the internet. or maybe a learner takes some type of medicine e.g. pills for HIV, and that person sets a timer on their phone and when they need to take the pill they forget because phones are not aloud in school. we need to consider phones in school because you never know what would happen if you do not bring your phone


I think we should be allowed to have phones in school. There are many reasons that support my asserts.

Having a phone in school lifts a huge burden off of parents because it is a way of contacting them in case of an emergency, such as a fire. You can also use it to tell them when you are going to be home. Also, if a teacher wants you to contact your parents, you have a simple and easy way of doing so. Thousands of students have been saved from events that would have been disasters, if it weren’t for their phones.

A phone can also be used for educational purposes. You can ask if you can play on educational apps like Prodigy and Khan Academy. Your phone may also serve as a calculator, for tests, projects, or assignments that allow calculator usage, such as sine, cosine, and tangen. You might also be able to use your phone to take pictures of notes so you can write them down later.

Phones are a great resource to cure boredom with. Many students have nothing else to do on the bus, so they turn to their phones to kill time. Also, if allowed, you can go on your phone during your free time or after lunch.

However, there are a lot of contradictory insight on my opinion. Many people ruminate that phones are a huge distraction, and could disturb teaching at any point of time. Others deduce that students in this generation are irresponsible and abuse the privilege of having phones. In spite of that, I object. We are responsible, and very rarely do things come out of hand in the subject of students having phones out in clas

brad gillespie

Cell phones shouldn’t be allowed in schools. Just imagine being a teacher and trying to get a little focus from your class, when they have their phones just out of sight, and are constantly checking them. There isn’t any easy way to monitor this, and it isn’t a teacher’s job to be bothered with it. A teacher’s job is to teach, not to monitor a group of unfocused brats who aren’t paying attention. And if you really need to contact someone, ask the teacher if you can go to the office and make a call! — rather than sneaking off to the bathroom to make one. If someone outside the school really needs to get ahold of you, they can call the office! Gee — just how the hell do you think anyone survived 40 years ago? It certainly wasn’t by being constantly in need of knowing if anyone had liked something we did or said, or posted….and feeling the need to be the attention of everyone you are connected to. Imagine just how much more real-self esteem you would have if you weren’t so dependent on never ending attention from your ‘cell’ mates! Leave the phones home.


If the teacher is making the students bored, it’s their own fault for the students taking the phones out. If the teacher actually makes the class interesting, the students won’t go on their phones to play or to chat.


But it isn’t 40 years ago now… Think about it. These are modern times. Phones do exist and we should use them to their best ability. Students should adapt to using tools around them. Yes, they shouldn’t be used the whole class, but maybe it would be healthy for them to be incorporated into new learning tactics. The possibilities are endless! There are educational apps and websites, and many, many learning tools that only exist on a Cell-Phone.


For students there are some helpful educational purposes for carrying around your phone at school, like if the teacher doesn’t have enough time to create a quiz for an activity in class on paper then the teacher can turn to online purposes and look towards Kahoot, a quiz website and app that allows people to connect together via a code and participate and compete against each other in a friendly point scoring game, also other apps help the students like pre-built in apps like calculators and other gadgets that are easily obtained from the app store or the google play store, for example, the dictionary or a thesaurus, also not in teens but also in primary school kids where learning apps can help them to read or write via having to waste any paper, using technology more these days has actually had a drop on paper production and it continues to do so even in the future, this means our planet can grow more trees resulting in more oxygen and better more important air to breathe, who uses paper the most out of any group of people on the planet, the answer would be students either if that’s at school, high school or even at university, all of it means you still use paper so switching to electronics more means that you are using less paper in the long run.
I feel that electronics are the better way to go yet mostly older people from older generations don’t agree with what phones and laptops for example are doing to the society these days, it’s a new world and if we are going to survive with all of this new tech then we need to adapt the right way so why are schools banning phones and tablets instead of teaching us about the importance of these new tools.
Music in schools is also another really good debatable topic, some people say that it doesn’t help you learn and some people say that it does help learning but why do they disagree, is this because that when in class they can’t hear the teacher talking or is it because some people have there music too loud or get distracted, there are lots of ways resulting in better outcomes without banning these electronics, if schools weren’t lazy and just managed the outcome of phones and music coming into the school grounds then I bet that an increase of learning from students will increase, music in teens relaxes the mind and takes off stress, if music is all at a low setting so that the student can still think and not just be listening to the music to keep them entertained or not focused. If in a test then students can just put there phones in a box or so to stop from cheating even if they were able to cheat I still think that there’s a lot better and sneaky ways to cheat a test because just say a phone out in an exam in a open room with markers walking around I doubt that a finger could even slip into the students pocket without the markers noticing. Phones do benefit kids as they are helpful and useful in schools, especially in emergencies and other important matters, I read on a site that doesn’t think phones should be in schools that if there’s an emergency that the parents can just call the headmaster or deputies but I find that a problem if it’s embarrassing for the student and they don’t want them to know.

There are many different schools all around the world and as a student right now, researching comments and discussions for my topic of “should cellphones be banned in schools” my strong belief is NO they shouldn’t be at all, there’s so much good and little bad, instead of banning them, teacher’s get off your ass and stop being lazy, parents stop being so harsh when you have no clue what actually goes on at school, most of students are good anyway and i understand the distraction issues and problems iv talked about before but it annoys me how older generations aren’t letting us new generations spread our wings, but anyway this was a waste of time, look at the vote, we win.

Yessica Haircut

I do think devices should be allowed in school.Right now I’m actually writing a paper on whether or not electronics should be allowed in the classroom. I think yes because, one, it could be used in an emergency to contact home, two, they can encourage educational engagement and lastly, they can be used as tools, and replace workbooks, or other school supplies.Tech in school has a lot of benefits and if more schools allow it in their school it will boost the education of their students.


youtubing, gaming and chatting is not going to boost their education which is mostly what they do with their cellphone. most students now a days dont use technology as an educational advantage but instead using it more for non-sense activity. When your in school, your focus is to listen to your teacher and get an education face to face, I would say children are more less intelligent and lazy now than before the era of cellphone devices. this is my opinion about this topic. :)


Youtube has tutor videos that help much more then teachers
education games such as study island and khan academy, prodigy as well
Chatrooms designed for learning can be useful because kids ask questions they are stuck on and other people can hep them


well if kids nowadays are “dumber” than kids from other eras, (I’m guessing that this is somebody from a previous generation) then how come your grammar sucks? “When your in school, your focus is to listen to your teacher and get an education face to face, I would say children are more less intelligent and lazy now than before the era of cellphone devices.” Here, let me fix that for you “When you’re in school, your focus should be on learning, and listening to your teacher. I would say children are less intelligent, and more lazy, then before cellphones were created.”
Not to mention when online, you can learn on your own, even when watching YouTube. Of course not EVERYTHING is educational, but being a kid is not all about learning. Being a kid is also about enjoying life while you are young. I always hear people say school is the easiest time of anybodies life, so why not enjoy it? When you are on vacation, do you constantly worry about bills? No and yes, you keep it on a tab in your mind, but you don’t obsess over it.


Yes, And the truth is that cell phones have many educational apps as well. Which do you think would be more fun and exciting for a student? Either studying with a boring book that is hard to understand, or playing an educational app that is still studying, but much more exciting


I think you are right. when kids feel more stress with books they, of course, will prefer using an educational app on phone. for example, byjus is a learning app which helps in maths so much. isn’t that cool!!


i think that there should let us have our phones in school because if our parents of someone that happen in there house they can call their parents or if there was an emergency in school like this is for the girls out there if the peried has happpen you can call your parnts

Tseereng Deki Tsho

No Phones should not be allowed in the school.
Not only would cell phones cause distraction to the kids who are carrying them, it will also pose a distraction to the kids who aren’t carrying their phones on them and are trying to learn.

Cheating on tests would also become a growing problem. In many schools, cheating is already a great problem. And them cheating would become a lot more easier.

With expensive phones on everyone’s bag,there would be stealing too! And there would be a unhealthy compitition to see who has got the latest and the hottest brand.

It would make bullying a lot more easier. Rumors and news will spread 10times faster. The faster form of bullying would make school even worse for kids who are already bullied.


i think we should cause some kids are actually use there phones in a responsible ways so the kids that use them responsibly should be able to use there phones in class. Also ones who don’t use there phones in a responsible way shouldn’t be able to use there phones in class.

A kid at school

I agree lauryn with but the fact that bullying easier because there are no bystanders to witness the bulling and the fact that you can text anonymously so they wont even know who bullied is worse. But who Knows i am Just a kid at school.

Julia Darwin

If the class is taking a test then all the kids should focus on what they are writing. But listening to music will distract them as then they’ll focus on music not on their exam. How can somebody focus on exam while listening to music. And also studies say that listening to soft music helps in getting to sleep. If their is such question in which the child is stuck, then he/she will feel sleepy despite of concentrating on his exam and try to solve that question.


I think that these cellphones should not be banned from schools why? Because theses gadgets can help students in learning and eventually makes the works of students much more easier. With just a single tap or a swipe students could go to diffetent educational sites that they would gain knowlegde from. If you are going to complain about the fact that theses students are using these gadgets during class hours why not do some disciplinary actions? You can confiscate cellphones as a teacher. But only confiscate them during class hours and just let the students use them during break or recess. These phones could also be used especially when really needed like an emergency or something students could text or call there parents when they have transportation problems or if they are going to stay in school for an activity. It eventually lessens the nervousness of the parents … And they know the where-abouts of their children.
So I say yes.


ban during lecture hours is the way to go.


Phones should be allowed in school, but with limitations. I believe that phones should be kept in lockers/backpack unless the person in question wants to call their parents. Not in class. This means no happy slapping, no harassment, no cheating on tests, no distractions. This way, you can call your parents for safety reasons. My friend has anxiety when she doesn’t have her phone with her, and she could just take her backpack to class and not get her phone out. It works for everyone.

There is, of course, a phone at the office that you could use if you wanted to call your parents, but the problem is…

My friend didn’t have her viola at school. Since orchestra was later in the day, she thought she’d call home and ask for it. They wouldn’t let her call her parents with the office phoneI let her use my phone, they found out and lectured me. I mean seriously, why wouldn’t they let her use the phone? She wanted to call to get materials for learning!

I once didn’t feel well and asked to call my parents. They asked me to go to the nurse’s office and said they would send someone. I waited there for twenty – thirty minutes and then just decided to power through the day since they obviously forgot about me. I did it and then went home. I later threw up at home.

After the first incident, my mom emailed the principal about it and asked them if I could just use my phone to call her if I ever felt ill or wanted to go home. The principal never responded.

So we’ve decided that silence is agreement. I’ve texted my mom on a few occasions and it’s been very helpful, especially if I forgot something or Track was canceled and I needed to tell her. One time, there was a lockdown because someone got shot a few blocks away, and it was very relieving for both of us to just be able to text each other.

The sister of a friend of mine was once actually very sick- sicker than I was- and they wouldn’t let her call home. They just had her wait in the nurse’s office like they did to me. She couldn’t call home because they wouldn’t let her. I’m not sure what happened if she finished the day of school or finally got to go home, I just know that she had the flu and couldn’t go home.

I don’t trust the people at the office to let me call home if I need to. They’ve proved themselves untrustworthy in the past. Students should ALWAYS have the power to call their parents, even if they don’t give an explanation to their teacher.

I believe this resolves all the ‘no’ points, while still allowing phones for safety reasons. If you see any way the above could be improved, please comment below.


On April 20, 1999, 2 teenagers walked into Columbine High school carrying sub-machine guns and homemade bombs intending to do some major damage. 13 innocent students were murdered and many more would have been if it weren’t for some students and their cell phones. 1 student, hiding for his life, calls 911 and describes the location of the school, and what the murderers looked like. If it weren’t for him and his cell phone and many others, many other students would have died.


I think they should be allowed in school but not in classrooms. I have had several occasions where a hockey/netball/football match has been rearranged and I can’t let me parents know in time (my school has a strict phone ban). Phones could be distracting in lessons but at break or lunch, I think it is fine.

Shaun Barnes

I think cellphones should not be allowed in school because they could cheat in a test or call and text people and not do their work and just sit and play games when the teacher is talking or their working on a test

Avery Smith

I agree with you because shcools have phones for kids to use they might not be iphones or samsungs but at lest they work


no, because if there is a family emergency, the parents can contact the teacher/principal and reach the students through there. “as a learning aid” most schools nowdays have computers,tablets,phones, ect. for easy use WHEN AND OLNY WHEN THE STUDENTS NEED SOMETHING. students can come to the teacher and say; may i use use my chromebook/tablet/phone and look up soandso? if its appropiate, the teacher will say “yes” if they think it is innapropriate,the teacher can say “no”. they can be used to cheat on tests.


Yes cellphones should be allowed as every coin have two sides likewise if we try to see and accept the positive one it have positive effects


should students be allowed to use cell phones in school? Well yes kids should be allowed to have cellular devices in school. Many parents want to be informed if their kids will be coming home and that way with a cell phone you can and warn your mom that you will not be coming home because maybe you are going to a friends house or you have a game after school. I think that they can have a phone but they can’t use it in class. In my opinion if students will use it for something good then they should be able to use cell phones in school.cell phones make it possible for students to stay in touch with family and friends. A student can call home and ask a family member to bring them a forgotten assignment or lunch money or to come pick them up if they are sick. Also, cell phones allow parents to keep track of their children’s whereabouts before, during, and after school. And, of course, there’s always the possibility of a student needing to contact a parent because of a dangerous situation. Thus, having a cell phone is like having a guardian angel. Students can also connect with friends, but not just because it’s a fun thing to do; my teacher asks us to text or email our friends when they are absent to let them know what’s going on in class and to inform them of any homework. When used responsibly, a cell phone can be an excellent communication tool.Geography and to keep track of my homework. My science teacher lets us use our computers to do research when we are doing group work or working on a project. For example, when we were studying weathering in chicago we did research on local jobs having to do with protecting the
Weather. Plus there are lots of great learning websites – including essay-writing websites – we can use to supplement the learning in class Cell phones are a quick and easy way to incorporate technology in the
Classroom. Cell phones should be allowed because they are useful to students. If a student does not ride the bus, he or she can call family members to pick them up to get a ride home. Cell phones can also be useful in school because they can allow students to look up things on the internet.If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.

Storm Crow

Should Phones Be Allowed At School?
How do they affect our lives? Phones should not be allowed at school. Not only are they a distraction from education, but they expand the chances of a child cheating. Although parents take the excuse of emergencies or even the chance to be responsible, but really, children take the opportunity to be on their phone for mere entertainment. ‘Smart’ Phones should not be brought to school, it may damage brain cells. Emergencies are NOT an excuse. The teachers should be prepared for dangerous emergencies. We all should know by now that not many cell phones are used during emergencies. This could actually DISTRACT a child from an emergency. They would be focused on saving their electronics rather than their own lives.
What are phones used for? Sometimes phones are brought to school, used for entertainment, as stated in the paragraph before. Though students could cheat using their cellular device. Sometimes, allowing the use of the device could make the child more productive. Our lives are being affected by the use of the new technology. Even without access to technology, children could still learn by their peers and the information a book or even a teacher offers to them.
Not only is their education distracted, it is quite often that a child will leave their ringer or notifications on. This happens to distract not only themselves but the entire class.


So what if the child feels ill and needs to go home? Someone I knew became very sick and the office wouldn’t let her call home. Would you entrust your child’s safety, health, and well-being with a few office people you don’t know?

What if students walk home and they get stuck somewhere? Students should be able to call their parents at any time because situations might and will arise.

Phones should be allowed at school, but not in class. They should be left in the backpacks/lockers, but students can use them to call home at any time. This way: no distractions, no harassment, no cheating. Only safety.


i think cell phones should be allowed in schools because what if you are in a bad situation at home and no ones there you have to call someone close to you.

Crystal Dust

Phones should be allowed because what if there’s a emergency and the teacher isn’t there one of the students would have to call 911 but if phones aren’t allowed then how’s the kid supposed to get to the hospital 📱PHONES ARE USEFUL

Molly Henke

I most definately agree!!


No, phones shouldn’t be allowed at school because it’s distracting and disturbing ,students may cheat using phones and take photos of students without pirmission .As a teacher I disagree with the point of getting phones to school


But when there is a test or quiz the teacher can just take the phones and give the students there phone’s back after they are done .


It’s not just at a teat or quiz that students could do something that isn’t allowed. For example, they can text during study time or play games when they are supposed to be working on an assignment.

Joseph Stalin

well simply create a large penalty (and i mean gigantic penalty) for taking pictures or doing anything your not supposed to

i agree

students will still find a way to cheat OR bypass the penalty.
there is a solution to everything!!

Some one

But it can be taken away and the learner can be searched for any other mobile devices and that will also be taken away. It will only be used for educational purposes so it should be aloud to a certain extent. Heavy school bags are damaging the child’s health and well being and could cause problems in the future


Phones should be allowed in school, I get what you mean by it being a form of distraction in school but shouldn’t we have enough trust in students themselves to have enough responsibility to not let it distract. Okay so yeah there are those students who do use it to take advantage of things but in a way how are we (as students) supposed to learn these things to get better and learn from it? After all aren’t parents and teachers of this generation who say that we need to better from this technology upgrade?

Priyansh Dixit

The students come in school to learn which makes it self explanatory that they are unwise and that they lack necessary experience, it is not weather we put our trust in them or not to do the right thing but do they even know themselves about what the right thing is.

Dennis Mwangi

Phones should not be allowed in school because,there is very high probability that students would use the phones inappropriately such that they cheat on exams and also other students without the cellphone may hv low self-esteem which may decline his performance


These are some valid points.


we should because If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.


i agree with you phones might have a lot of negative character features, but don’t think negative guys think of all the good that phones can do to help society.

Zack Smith III

If you want them to be successful in the real world, and use them responsibly, start them now, and guide them towards what is the right way to use them. Also if it is that big of a problem schools wouldn’t be changing their policies to accommodate cellphones.

Priyansh Dixit

That is the sole reason invigilation exists, to make sure students do not cheat. Despite, students still cheat with the help of chits/notes and it is not that phones can be used in more secrecy because no phone will be smaller then how small a paper chit can be. The school will need to take care of cheating and even if it is not completely eradicated, it would be right to say that it can be moderated till a point. This is the best our system can do, with or without the allowance of cell phones.