Cell Phone Policy
Throughout many schools, cell phones are things to be despised of by the faculty. And who can blame them, phones distract students from the work they’re supposed to be doing in class and can even lead to bullying. However, in this age, cell phones have really grown into our daily lives. They help us text our classmates for help on homework or studying, tells us when something is cancelled, and keeps us entertained when traveling on the bus. But schools still have a very strict policy on phones.
“The cell phone policy is way too strict,” said Ariella Brown. “I do believe they have the right to take our phones away if we’re distracted in class but its going way too far. Some students are using their phones to better gauge what they learned in class,” proclaimed Ariella. According to the Mozart effect, using your cell phone in class can help improve cognitive development. “When I use my headphones I stay focused on the task, but without it sometimes I drift off or start falling asleep,” she noted.
Cell phones shouldn’t be completely banned but it should have restrictions, according to the website USAD today. “Have a plan, not a ban,” says Liz Kline, Vice President for Education at Common Sense Education in the San Francisco Bay Area, a group whose mission is to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Educators should have dialogs with students about when and why kids feel compelled to pick up their devices, she says. “Teach students how to refocus, how to take care of something that is really nagging at them and then move on and put it away … Self-monitoring is a lifelong skill that we have an opportunity to integrate into our lessons.”
The cell phone policy is in place to help students but banning them from schools isn’t helping anybody. If we were able to integrate it into the class without any distractions, everybody would be happy. So cell phones shouldn’t be banned, they should have restrictions in place.