Should schools ban students from using cell phones?

  • Yes, students should not use cell phones at school.

    Cell phones should not be used by students on the school campus. Texting and phone calls are major distractions for students. They disrupt the focus and attention that is essential for learning and make the job of teaching much more difficult. The incidents of theft of cell phones is another negative factor.

  • No, schools should not ban students from using cell phones.

    Schools should not implement a general ban of cell or mobile phones. Rather, schools should impose restrictions on the time and place when cell phones are used by students. For example, cell phone use can be prohibited in classrooms and cafeterias but permitted on the grounds around school buildings during students' free time.

  • No, students need the phones for vital information.

    No, schools should not ban the use of cell phones. Students have several legitimate reasons to use the phones outside of class, including to contact their parents or check on a sibling. Students also store assignments, calendars and other class information on their phones, and they need to be able to access that data.

  • Cell phones are useful outside of class.

    Students should not use cell phones in the classroom because they can be a distraction. However, outside of class, they can be useful for a variety of reasons, such as to help them locate their friends, call their families for a ride, or to help them research information that they need for homework assignments.

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