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UnderHill
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Cell Phones Should Be Allowed During School Hours

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/14/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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my_opinion_is

Con

Cell phones should not be allowed during school hours.

When someone accepts my challenge, then it will be a debate. This is not truly a debate until I have an opponent. Until then, it is a challenging argument.
UnderHill

Pro

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Debate Round No. 1
my_opinion_is

Con

Many people believe cell phones make schools less safe and less effective. Opponents of allowing cell phones in school argue that cell phones create a distraction, facilitate cheating, and do not necessarily improve student safety.

Opponents of cell phones in schools contend that cell phones create a distraction in the classroom. Students may text their friends, play games or browse the Internet instead of paying attention in class. In addition, cell phones that ring or vibrate in class disturb everyone. Cell phones in school may therefore hinder student learning.

Cell phones can facilitate cheating on tests, quizzes, in-class essays and other assignments. For example, students in a class may silently text each other the answers.

Students whose phones have Internet access may look up answers on the Internet. Students may also use the calculator function on their cell phone to compute math problems or may store information as a "cheat sheet" in their phone.

Opponents of cell phones in schools believe cell phones do not improve school safety. For example, in the event of an emergency, cell phone signals can become jammed if everyone attempts to contact people at once, which can make it difficult for teachers to contact the authorities.

If students do successfully contact their parents, parents may all rush to the scene, which can conflict with evacuations or other responses. Cell phones can also facilitate the spreading of rumors during emergency situations.

In addition, cell phones are sometimes used to call in bomb threats or other threats, which students may do in order to evade a test. These calls often are untraceable. Cell phones can also be used to detonate real bombs.
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Scientific evidence is still unclear whether there are long-term health effects from frequent cell phone use. Children are more susceptible to most environmental dangers, since they are smaller and still growing.

If cell phone use does involve health dangers, allowing kids to use cell phones in schools could endanger their health.

Schools and other institutions inevitably change with advancing technology, such as cell phones, computers, the Internet and digital books. Schools must examine the benefits and drawbacks of allowing cell phones in school and consider the methods of enforcing their decision.

This is my argument.
UnderHill

Pro

UnderHill forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
my_opinion_is

Con

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UnderHill

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
my_opinion_is

Con

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UnderHill

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
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