Personal view: let us use phones at school

Personal view: let us use phones at school

Bailey Hinkle, photographer

Every day I arrive at school and wonder why Dobie students can’t use their phone during school hours. Of course there is the obvious reason of the phones being distractions, but there are also tons of benefits for a student using their phone during class.

I admit there are some cons and that the question of whether cell phones should be allowed in schools and this has been hotly debated over the years.

Many kids don’t see the consequences, and until they get the consequences, and they realize they were wrong. Another reason why cell phones are bad in school is that kids can post a picture and cause their teacher to get fired.

But I like focusing on the pros, and there are a lot of pros. Phones are beneficial to students in middle school because of the following 

Cell phones are not the enemy.  In fact, they are so established as the safety net for families that it is not feasible to ban them from schools. 

Phones can be used to teach responsibility. Students know they shouldn’t use their cell phones in school to play Angry Birds, listen to music, or text their friends about the quiz they just took. If they had a phone, they could practice being responsible.

We could use phones to do school work. Phones and tablets should be used responsibly for educational purposes. Students could do research for English papers, or download an app that provides extra information on one of the chemical elements in the periodic table. Imagine a classroom of students, all given a role to play as, say, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, creating a FB profile of themselves and posting about the outcomes.

When necessary, teachers could combat cheating by making students put their phones on “airplane mode” or any mode that will not allow them to send/receive any messages or use the Internet.

Another good reason why kids should be allowed to have cellular devices at school is so that they can act in case of an emergency. If something bad were to happen, students would need to reach out to authorities or their loved ones.

And sometimes we students just need to reach out to our loved ones to ask them a question or ask them to bring us something we forgot at home. Phones would be so helpful.

Please, let us use our phones at school!


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