Parents can be keep in touch with their children during school. Also contact their parents when they have forgotten something.
Or what if their was an emergency (ex. school shooting), a scared student or a worried parent they would be able to easily reach their students.
Cell phones aren't nessacrly a distraction because they are able to be turned on silence during class hours and only be allowed during passing periods or lunch. Also, if cell phones aren't allowed to be used in class then their wont be any cheating or playing games. Having your phone is good because what if a student is getting bullied then they are able to call their parents. and they could be to scared to used the office phone because they don't what to say anything about it.
even if cell phones are only aloud during passing periods there are kids that break the rules and will still use them in class, therefore they could cheat on tests text other people during class play games, look up stuff they aren't supposed to. cell phones can also be used to spread rumor's faster and more secretly, the cell phone could also be used to threaten other kids without getting caught so easily, and if a kid is getting bullied they should go tell a teacher.
Well first off, most student still break the rule to text or go on the Internet, even with the rule to not be allowed to have cell phones in school. So if they were allowed to have cell phones during passing periods then they wont try to use them in class because they know they are able to use them in the halls or lunch times. And for the spreading rumors, people do it without cell phones anyways. And if a child was getting threatened by someone else through a cell phone they could show authorities or even call their parents. That's why it is good idea to let a student have their cell phone. If a child was getting bullied, odds are they are sacred to say anything or speak up because they don't want the bully to get even worst with them, so they just would keep it with between them and their parents.
even if they are able to use their cell phones during passing periods doesn't mean they wont break the rules and use them in class anyways. if they are able to use them during passing periods and lunch it means they will most likely have their phones on them and be tempted to use them during class and now with the new smart phones they can get on the Internet when ever they like and look up things they are not supposed to. plus if they have their cell phones with them they could be in the bathroom or locker room taking pictures of children and using it as black mail.
Reasons for voting decision: Pro provided a rationale for allowing cell phones in the periods in-between classes--for communication with their parents. Con wasted time/space dwelling on whether they should be allowed in class. Con's only counter-arguments were that it would help spread rumours faster and that it could be used to threaten students without getting caught (unclear what this means since any threats on a cell-phone would leave a record). Keeping in touch with one's parents, in my book, outweighs the faster spread of rumours. I'm surprised Con did not question whether that is what children would actually do with their cell phones or the increased difficulty of enforcement.
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