Phones forum

General discussion

Should students be allowed to have cell phones in schools?

by superordenador / June 2, 2008 12:26 PM PDT

There are many websites that examine both sides of this issue. I've seen many teachers suggest that creating lessons involving cell phones. I remember being taught phone etiquette as a small child in elementary school. Why not do this with cell phones? I think we spent about 20 minutes for the whole class and it was a bit of a grammar lesson as well.

My son's school is currently proposing a 180 day out of school suspension for being caught with a cell phone. This is harsher than the punishment for being caught with tobacco or alcohol. It could also result in a child being held back for two years if they are caught in the second half of the school year. I wondered if any one knows of a school that has this kind of policy and how it has worked out for them? Also, does anyone know of a school with less strict policies and how has that worked for them? Does anyone else think this extreme seems a bit technophobic? One teacher in Florida said their students are allowed to use phones before the first bell and after the last bell which seems like a reasonable compromise to me. They said they didn't have any discipline issues with this policy and it makes sense given that it is a policy that gives the students some freedom but within limits.

I'm curious to know if anyone has any stories about serious harm being caused by students having cell phones at school. I have heard all the annoyance stories and I have heard about the parents who want their kids to be able to call them to let them know they are safe in the event of a major catastrophe/school shooting but I haven't heard any real life examples of serious problems to cause such a strict ban. There was one story about a student who photographed a teacher's cleavage but should the teacher be exposing cleavage for a student to photograph?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Should students be allowed to have cell phones in schools?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Should students be allowed to have cell phones in schools?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Cell-phones are theft bait in school

Our school bans cell-phones, but the rule arose because the security folks were spending an outsized amount of time tracking down stolen phones. They concluded that it's not safe for students to bring a cell-phone to school, in terms of risk of loosing it. The rule is not enforced vigorously (teachers will ask students to put their phones away rather than assign punishments) and it allows security to get out of investigating cell-phone theft or losses.

Collapse -
from a student
by warhawk57 / June 3, 2008 6:26 AM PDT

my school gives you a week of after school detention if caught with a cell phone. you are suppose to leave it in your car. noone follows it except for a few honor roll students. if caught with it three times in one year you go before the board and present why you should not be expelled.

i think cell phones are allright to have if there in your pocket not distracting anyone. teachers should have the right to take them away if youre texting in the middle of there lecture.

Collapse -
Another student

My school first gives you a warning, the next time the principle keeps it and you have to get it from her, and the third time they keep it for the rest of the year.

Collapse -
i think...
by dinobut / June 4, 2008 7:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Another student

I think that they should be allowed to have them...but can only use them in class after confirming to a teacher it is an urgent matter. Same kind of rules that apply to anyone at work...only take calls for emergencies. Kids are growing up faster now and have more responsibilities that we didn't have when were were growing having a cell phone!

Collapse -
Students should be allowed to have cell phone in school
Collapse -
No cell phones in school
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 17, 2010 9:30 AM PDT

If a parent needs to get in touch with their children in school today, they can call the school office. No need for a student to carry a phone while in school. Amazingly, students have not had access to cell phones for thousands of years and yet society managed to survive.

Collapse -
Coming from a student...
by ah1zghost / July 23, 2010 1:32 PM PDT

Coming from a student...

Cell Phones have NO place in a class room setting period. It's a distraction for the user, and everyone around them.

Collapse -
It's a matter of an etiquette and a respect
by overyou26 / July 24, 2010 12:25 PM PDT

Well, cellphones have become something we cannot live without, and just like someone above mentioned, students of nowadays carry more responsibilites than back in the day. My opinion is that there should be a class or training about cellphone usage in schools like sex-ed. It won't work for middle/ high school students since they are alreadyd obsessed with theirs but young students at least need to learn the etiquettes and responsibilities of using cell phones. That said, no matter how schools cage students when it comes to cellphones, young adults will always find a way to sneak it. ex) super high frequency ringtones that's not audible for aged teachers

Collapse -
my idea
by ktggl / August 1, 2010 1:52 PM PDT

I think that they should be allowed to have,but they can only be used after class or something urgent.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.