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Swag_Overlord
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Cell Phones in School Pros and Cons

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Started: 5/10/2013 Category: Technology
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ola.marzouq

Pro

there is no doubt that a cell phone allows for the advantages of being able to contact a person directly during an emergency or otherwise . Knowing that a child has a mobile phone puts the parents at ease because they can call them in case of any change in plans , emergency instructions and the like . In addition , cell phones can used as a tool to aid academic . A cell phone comes with several cell phone accessories like calculators , cameras and the internet etc.There are several websites which can be used for academic .
Swag_Overlord

Con

Although in case of emergency it could indeed be useful to notify a child of a change in plans or a family emergency, these can easily and undoubtedly be delivered to the child in question by school administration quickly and efficiently after the news has gone through official channels. Furthermore, laptop computers provide all the features of a cell phone.
As well as this, cellphones are widely used for texting in class rather than any (extremely limited) educational function that they may have. Cellphones are a primary reason for students not to focus in class, meaning that they get far less out of their education and in doing so limiting their futures.
Debate Round No. 1
ola.marzouq

Pro

we cant ignore that there are other methods we can use it , but also the cell phones are fastest than others . Not only will the children be in touch with the parents for regular instructions like a pick up point or change in time etc ., but more importantly , they can also feed in emergency numbers like hospitals , relatives and others . This will provide a security for both , the child and the parents . XP
Swag_Overlord

Con

Ola Marzouq,
although it must be conceded that cellphones provide quick access in terms of contacting other people, in the case of schools, it it very unlikely that this useful resource will be used responsibly. Seeing that teenagers are at a period in their lives when their natural instinct is to rebel against the society they live in (BBC News), it is far more likely that mobile phones will be used irresponsibly. For instance, modern phones like iphones and the Samsung Galaxy range can be used to play games in class, and often in a boring lesson a student's concentration will waver. The temptation of taking their smartphone out of their pocket and texting a friend or using an app will in most cases overcome a will to focus on school, something our society asks us to find boring and a waste of our time. This simple truth is reason enough cellphones should be banned in schools.
Debate Round No. 2
ola.marzouq

Pro

ola.marzouq forfeited this round.
Swag_Overlord

Con

Despite my opponent forfeiting her right to speak in this third round, I will attempt to conclude my arguments in the best way possible. It is the belief of the Con that we should indeed take advantage of the amazing technology we have at our fingertips in the modern day and age, but cellphones are not an appropriate technology for school.

Earlier in this debate the Con's argument centred around the fact that cellphones are unlikely to be used responsibly by high school students (immature at their age). Having said this, the Con wishes to close this debate constructively by proposing a solution to providing technology to high school students far better than unlimited and unrestricted personal cell phones.

Schools could take advantage of technology by using iPads or Laptops blocking games and apps except ones with a focus on learning. If the tools to procrastinate were taken away from students but the ability to use technology productively remained, we would make fuller use of it.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Swag_Overlord 4 years ago
Swag_Overlord
The character limit did not allow me to thank the Pro for creating this debate in my final round, but I just thought I would thank the Pro for an excellent topic in the comments.
Posted by Bitemenow 4 years ago
Bitemenow
With today's technology we have smart phones with unlimited amounts of information at the tip of our fingers. I believe these are amazing resources and tools that should be allowed in school.
Posted by Jessigrad 4 years ago
Jessigrad
Cell phones should be aloud in the school. If the student chooses to use their cell phone at an innopropriate time that is their choice not to be learning. When you grow up they are not going to tell you to put your phone away at work, so they shouldnt at school. Phones can be used productively by researching things online. Students just need to learn how to use them responsibally.
Posted by Mandavb515 4 years ago
Mandavb515
Cellphones in school are very helpful, we often need technology in school and sometimes the easiest thing to do is pull out your cellphone instead of going to the library to go on the computer. It iS easy to use your phone to help you on certain assignments and if you get bored in school you have something to do.
Posted by HuskyFastpitch1998 4 years ago
HuskyFastpitch1998
What grades of school should allow this?
Posted by ola.marzouq 4 years ago
ola.marzouq
I'm talking about high school students
Posted by Ragnar 4 years ago
Ragnar
You may wish to specify which level of schooling you're talking about?
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