By Paul Silli
Some say YES!
What if there’s an emergency? A child could easily use one of the office phones, but still! What if the student forgot that he/she had an after-school program to attend, and the offices were closed or the phone was occupied? Most students have trouble contacting their parent(s). Parents often get worried, and the school phone maybe unavailable. Then what do ya do?
Some say NO!
If a child has a cell phone they should be allowed to take it to school but then when they get there it could be collected, and when they leave it would be returned to them. Many teachers and faculty don’t agree with this system. It could cause a big mess… For example, what if the phone gets damaged, lost or stolen? Would the school district have to pay for the phone? Ouch! That could get costly! School Offices can be contacted if you need to get hold of your child urgently, or if your child needs to contact you. Unfortunately, you only have to look at websites like You-Tube.com to see what kids are actually doing with their mobile phones while at school (and they ain’t calling their parents). Students use their cell phones to play games, listen to MP3 music, text message each other (a big one), and even access the Internet, among other things. Keep in mind that our kids are supposed to be learning at school. Right? Can cell phones somehow be used as a learning-tool for teachers? Hm…
Also, sadly there is a new source of bullying, in that if a student does not have the “popular type” of cell phone or one of the fancy features, he or she can can often be looked down on by their peers. Mobile phones have definitely become a status symbol for young people.
What do you think? Please add your comments.