Cell phones have become the main source of communication among teenagers. When used correctly they have such positive power behind them, but there is a dark side to using them in schools.
A PARENT’S THOUGHTS ON FENCE
Angel here and as a parent myself I have to say it’s handy to be able to get in touch with my son while he’s at school or at least know if something has happened he I may hear of him. Having this direct line of communication relieves this mom’s anxious heart. However, the flip side is knowing he could be on it for a million other reasons that have nothing to do with just talking to me in an emergency. This is where the problem comes in. I think initially most parents wanted their kids to have cellphones when the school shootings became a reality and not just a scenario. Parents wanted to know that if their child was having problems, they could at least get in touch with them.
I know I’m not supposed to text him or vice versa and I don’t unless I know he’s having lunch or in a class where he’s a teacher’s aide. I understand and respect that teachers have a job to do and that comes first.
Here are some other parents who love the idea of their kids having their phones
DCPS does a great job of keeping parents informed and communicating. I think they are needed for activities that don’t exist in the classroom and are school-related.
-Mary Hays Mattingly
I go against everyone. I like that my children have them with them at all times. It helps them and me with a sense of security. By all means, if a child is acting up in class, take them out. But don’t blame them all for the actions of a few.
-Tara Murphy Calvert
PARENTS AND TEACHERS WEIGH IN ON THE PROS AND CONS
As a former teacher, I can tell you that I was in the classroom before the age of cell phones and working in the classrooms after they arrived, it’s like night and day. It would be amazing if students could practice restraint and keep their phones out of sight until the given times during the day when they were allowed. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most situations. I recently had a conversation with a teacher who had a student who was failing in class. They called the student to explain that the reason they were failing was because they couldn’t go without a phone. This student then started belittling the teacher and cursing his name. Nothing was done to the student for the behavior sending a message of zero accountability in the classroom to support our teachers. This could have been avoided if there had been a better cell phone usage policy.
If there is a policy, schools should reinforce it to protect teachers and allow them to do their job. If a teacher constantly has to be the cell phone police, they are unable to provide adequate instruction to the students in their class.
We asked several parents and teachers what they think and here is what they have to say;
Turned off and in backpacks is fine, especially if the kids are staying after school for activities. In class – absolutely not. They are nothing but a distraction.– Samantha Tooley
I let my eldest pick up his phone but it stays locked while he’s at school. the family app I have on it, I can control what it does. So the only thing he could do with it during school hours would be to make a phone call, which he could do in an emergency. Other than that, he can’t text or play with apps. My child has to be careful in class worried about his phone
As an employee of a school, they only cause mass chaos. Kids are texting and calling home for a stomach ache instead of going to the nurse. Many unjustified absences because of this. Tik toks are also made in hallways and bathrooms instead of going to class. Video of fights in hallways and bathrooms. SO MUCH DRAMA-Brandi Johnson
I like to go to classrooms where teachers ask students to check them in an assigned pocket on the wall/door (silent or completely turned off). Teacher and students can see where they are, while helping students stay on task.-Angie Padgett
I was observing in middle school earlier this week and was shocked at the lack of cell phone rules in class. Of course that has changed since I was in school. In fact, a teacher once snatched my flip phone from me in 5th grade so fast it made my head spin. She started putting it in her bra and said she would only give it back to my mom. I told her she could keep it! -Joseph Hunt
Without exception, failing students my class has had problems on several occasions for their mobile phone. I wish they were banned in all schools. All classrooms are equipped with fixed telephones. There is no educational reason for a child to have one.-Lori Coghill Thurman
No reason for them to be in sight. I 100% learned more in classrooms that had strict phone policies compared to classrooms that had little or none.-Caitlin Aull
In this mum’s opinion, if we had more respectful students who followed the rules and kept their phones in their backpacks or lockers during times when they weren’t allowed to use them, that might not be a problem. no problem. On the other hand, if educators and school officials ACROSS the board had a consistent way of dealing with the problem and holding children accountable instead of slapping them or turning a blind eye, we could stop the drama. .
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