Should Students Be Allowed To Use Cell Phones In School
Cell phones have undeniably become a fundamental part of everyday life. Every person from toddlers to the elderly own and operate them for different reasons such as games, communicating, entertainment, and learning. Their increased use has extended to schools where numerous efforts have been implemented to fight their use. However, in my opinion, cell phones offer an array of benefits to school life of a student, making them valuable assets for students Cell phones are essential for educational purposes. A cell phone is a portable computer that contains several applications. For instance, the calculator application found in every cell phone is vital for counting and completing assignments. Applications such as stopwatches and timers are efficient in science classes for conducting experiments and in sporting activities where timekeeping is necessary. Cell phones also facilitate research work and writing of projects by facilitating access to the internet. Thus, it encourages students to complete their assignments and do extra reading. Moreover, teachers can utilize them as a teaching aid by promoting communication with children with disabilities and eliciting interactive learning through learning platforms.
Cell phones are a monitoring tool by parents and teachers. When away from home many parents often worry about their children’s wellbeing and whereabouts. Cell phone use at school allows parents to be informed of their children’s whereabouts by utilizing tracking applications to pinpoint their children’s location. Moreover, with cell phones, parents can call their children at all times to find out how they are and learn their plans even after school to avoid worrying. Teachers can use cell phones to track the students’ performance by using it to assign and receive assignments.
Cell phones are important emergency tools. Recently, schools across the United States have become grounds for various criminal acts such as mass shootings, kidnappings, and gang-related fights. Moreover, other emergencies such as natural disasters and illnesses also occur in schools. Cell phones in these scenarios are important as students can utilize them to report the various emergencies to first respondents, contact their parents and even help the law enforcement agencies catch the criminal perpetrators through revealing their location.
Cell phones facilitate instilling responsibility. Students are aware of the several ways they should not use their cell phones in school such as playing games, cheating in exams, texting or calling others. Since the students are on the path to becoming adulthood where minimal restrictions exist in using cell phones, teachers can allow their use as a way of instilling cell phone etiquette such as not using it in class, or for cheating purposes. Moreover, since use cell phones are rampant in the job market for communication with clients, check email, carry out work, research, and utilization of their applications, their use in school can facilitate acquiring of experience crucial in such a scenario.
Cell phones in school can be used for communication. Teachers can utilize cell phones to send information to students pertaining to different classes or reminders to all the students without meeting them one by one. Students can also utilize the devices to communicate with fellow classmates through texts, calls and social media platforms.
In conclusion, the battle to ban cell phone use in schools is one impossible to win, as their use by students is significantly high. Nevertheless, its benefits of promoting educational activities, enabling monitoring of students by parents and teachers, facilitating communication, emergencies and instilling responsibility, makes it acceptable for students to use them in school.