Should kids have phones at school?
Teens with cell phone at school

Mobile phones seem to be everywhere now and the devices, which were once a luxury for indulgent grown ups, are now in the hands of many kids and teenagers. However, are they really necessary at school?

Yes or no?

Mobile phones can be fantastic when it comes to the safety of your children and so many parents encourage their use but are they really needed when the kids are at school? Here are the pros and cons taking them in.

CONS

It could get stolen

Although you would hope this wouldn't happen, it is possible that your child's mobile phone could be stolen while they are at school. This would be very costly to you and a huge disappointment to your child. Placing their phone in a school locker during lessons could reduce this possibility but many children like to carry their phone around just in case they need it.

It could distract them

Mobile phones have come a long way from the screenless bricks they were twenty years ago and the latest smartphones can almost double as a computer. While this is great for those techno geeks among us, it does mean they offer far more of a distraction to kids than they used to. Nowadays, children cannot only text and make calls with their mobiles, they can also play games, surf the internet and listen to music. All these features could interfere with your child’s concentration and ability to learn if they play with them in class.

It could interrupt lessons

Many children, even though they are asked to do so, forget to turn off their phones during lessons meaning they may start to beep, chime or play music. This not only frustrates and annoys other pupils but also prevents them from learning as well as they would without the distraction. If this happens with several phones during a class the problem multiplies.

It is easier to cheat

Besides the distraction problem, access to the internet can also be used to look up answers and mobile phones have a couple of other dynamic features – a calculator and the ability to save notes. The possibility of children having access to this information during important exams could be too tempting for pupils not to take advantage of.

PROS

They can get in touch when necessary

The main benefit of having a phone is that your child can get in touch with you whenever they need to. This allows you to feel they are safe and gives them assurance knowing they can call home if they have a problem.

They can ring the emergency services if the need arises

If your child is in immediate danger, they can use their phone to call not only you but the emergency services. This is of great benefit and could potentially save your child's life. Even if your child has no phone credit they can still get in touch with the police, fire or medical services as all emergency calls are free.

Allows you to keep track of their whereabouts

Children, especially teenagers, can be extraordinarily elusive and can disappear with their friends for hours without notifying anyone. In the summer many kids will go to the park after school or pop down to the shops at lunchtime. Letting them have a mobile phone will allow you to know where they are – provided their phone is on!

They can easily be discreet

Mobile phones can be very discreet if turned off or on to silent. As long as your child remembers to do this their phone won't cause a distraction in class, but they will stay have a way to contact you if they need to. Giving them a standard rather than a smartphone will also reduce the risk of distraction.

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Luke Bryan November 19, 2014 | 12:13 PM

no i dont think so.....

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keion May 13, 2014 | 10:46 AM

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elijah May 05, 2014 | 10:10 AM

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KJ May 02, 2014 | 12:14 PM

i think that we should be able to have phomes at skool bcuz there cold b an emergency at any time with no phone or adult around

mia kole May 02, 2014 | 6:38 AM

they should be able to have cell phones schools if teachers can than students can too we don't care if they are adults and have a different reason

Jordyn May 01, 2014 | 5:38 AM

i think if we have cellphones at school we should have to turn them in until the end of the day unless you have to read a story off it or an i pod like me i read of my phone and ipod all the time so i can have mine on me but yeah i think we should have phones at school

Te April 15, 2014 | 6:37 AM

I am a teacher myself and as a teacher I understand were the board of ed and parents and other teachers are coming from when they think children and phones aren't a good mix in school. But i believe students are now more responsible. My students are very trust worthy i allow them to use phones in school and in my class. It isn't fair to the student who are trust worthy to push down the students that are trust worthy, Students should be allowed phones in school.

Elijah April 02, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Yes kids should it gives them a chance to interact

nadia March 27, 2014 | 6:14 AM

i think we should have are phones in school.

ed March 20, 2014 | 8:49 AM

I think phones could be a useful tool if used the right way during school. They could be used as calculators sources of information and plenty of other things. on the contrary hey could also be used to cheat or text in class so it all depends on how they are used.

Bob March 04, 2014 | 12:08 PM

the pros at way the cons by far because it could potentially save the planet electronics in class would cut down on the need for paper less need for paper more trees more tree less pollution less pollution and the people living on the planet could live longer and so could the planet

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Desiree February 05, 2014 | 12:42 PM

I think cell phones should be allowed in case of an emergency

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sam December 06, 2013 | 11:36 AM

I think cell phones should be used in school because of emergancies

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