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Cell Phones: Benefits Outweigh the Risks

Do you own a cell phone? Do you go to school every day? If you don’t like having your phone taken away by authority figures, you might want to show them this post. There are actually a lot of good reasons why cell phones should be allowed in school. Admittedly, there are ways in which phones have been abused at school, but some people think the benefits outweigh the risks. Here you will read some of the many reasons why cell phones should be allowed at schools.

Cell phones have many academic applications in schools. For example, y
ou can take pictures of school assignments and show them to your parents--something that typically your parents wouldn’t ever see. Teachers can also text missed assignments to absent students, or students could have a buddy system in which two people are responsible for each other. Many phones have calculators that can be used that in math class, and other times as needed throughout the school day.. If you’re really slow at copying notes you could take a picture of the board and look it over later, on your own time. If your cell phone has the ability to play music, you could listen with earbuds during study hall or personal time. Many people find this relaxing and are more productive when music is being played.

Wiregrass Ranch High School in Tampa, Florida has very relaxed policies on cell phone use. It is one of the few schools in the Tampa area that allows students to use cell phones during class. The phones are used for research and other educational purposes. For example, if a teacher asked a question about some author, the students could take out their phones and look him up. If the students had to look something up for a project, they could look it up using their phone, instead of the teacher having to reserve computer lab time. There are some students that abuse the privilege, but for the most part they are responsible. “I think it’s a good idea, seeing as we’re all pretty much adults here” senior Katie Everett said. Other schools around the nation have found similar results.

University of Tasmania researcher Martin Beattie thinks cell phones should be allowed at school. He says that kids are going to text each other no matter what teachers do, so teachers should embrace the technology and incorporate it into class. In the survey that he conducted, he found out that students used their phones for research or to contact their parents just as much as they did for text messaging. “67 percent of parents contact their children during school hours, mostly to inform them of medical appointments or other commitments.” said Beattie. He believes that if phones were incorporated into the classroom, students could actually be more productive.

As you can see, there are a surprisingly large number of good reasons why cell phones should be allowed in schools. They allow students to become more engaged in subject matter, and can assist students in becoming more productive. With that said, there are also some drawbacks to consider that will be outlined in our next post.

phones_in_school_GOOD.jpgWiregrass Ranch High School senior Alex Coyle, 17, uses his cell phone in literature class.

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