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Old 06-01-2004, 6:02 PM
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Mobile phones shouldn't be used in class so students could focus, but they should be left in lockers so that the parents could easily locate their kids, and vice-versa.
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Old 13-04-2006, 6:53 PM
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Phones in schools

Currently in my school district they're trying to remove all cell phones from schools period. Right now were allowed to have them as long as we don't pull it out or start text messing in class. I think that trying to stop students from carrying cell phones at school is a little carried away, its an easy way for parents to keep track of students after school hours. What do you think?
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Old 13-04-2006, 7:21 PM
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Hi, vie - As a mom who keeps track of her teen after school via cell phone (I got her one for her 13th birthday and her 17 year old brother exclaiamed - Oh, look! Mom got you a leash!) I've got mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I know how easy it has been for my daughter to duck out of class to make phone calls if she has her cell phone with her. When she hasn't had it, she's been able to borrow cells from others to call.

On the other hand, while I expect my daughter to check in at home physically after school, she doesn't always do that... and if she has her cell with her, I can always track her down.

I like the compromise that her school has worked out - to allow students to carry their cells - but they must be turned off during school hours unless they've got specific permission to use them.

What do you think about that sort of compromise?
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Old 13-04-2006, 7:42 PM
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Hi, vie - As a mom who keeps track of her teen after school via cell phone (I got her one for her 13th birthday and her 17 year old brother exclaiamed - Oh, look! Mom got you a leash!) I've got mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I know how easy it has been for my daughter to duck out of class to make phone calls if she has her cell phone with her. When she hasn't had it, she's been able to borrow cells from others to call.

On the other hand, while I expect my daughter to check in at home physically after school, she doesn't always do that... and if she has her cell with her, I can always track her down.

I like the compromise that her school has worked out - to allow students to carry their cells - but they must be turned off during school hours unless they've got specific permission to use them.

What do you think about that sort of compromise?


right now that's the sort of compromise we have at our school but people are trying to change it. I really don't see what the problem is, really we have more of an issue of teachers with cell phones than students and even thats rare. Maybe thats just in my classes.
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Old 13-04-2006, 9:29 PM
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At our local high school, they have offically banned cell phones. Anyone found in possesion with a cell phone gets suspended from school for three days if they are in school property and during school.

I personally thing that is overdoing the punishment, but the idea of keeping cell phones off in class is a good idea.
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Old 14-04-2006, 12:34 AM
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yeah just having cells off during class is fine .. but suspension is to harsh.
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Old 14-04-2006, 12:44 AM
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My school is suspending people for ten days for their phones just ringing in class, or at least thats what my teacher said._. which really sucks if your in a hurry and forget to turn it off before you get inside.
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Old 14-04-2006, 2:31 AM
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Phones are great for children and parents to stay in contact with each other but the problems that arise are:

Kids want to show there phone off at school and get it taken off them

Bullying can start when people see the child has a phone, even some bullies try to steal the childs phone

having a phone on the streets on the way to school, gives mobs a reason to try and steal from you

Maybe the schools have these factors in mind..
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Old 14-04-2006, 2:41 AM
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10 days suspension is certainly excessive in my point of view. One of my son's teachers had a tactic she used when she caught the boys with the Gameboys that might work with cell phones. Her rule was 'if I see it during class, I'll hold it till your parent picks it up'. Losing your phone and putting a parent to the inconvenience (and everything that goes with notifying your parent) of having to come get it might be a pretty strong reminder to turn off a phone before entering a classroom.
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Old 14-04-2006, 7:49 PM
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I don't think there's anything wrong with having a phone in school. Sure, it's annoying if it rings during class, but it's annoying whenever a phone rings in a public setting. Also, it's unrealistic to ban phones from schools; when kids grow up and enter the workplace, they'll have access to phones. They might as well learn to deal with the distraction now, rather than when they're in the working world.
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Old 14-04-2006, 11:24 PM
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It is SO distracting in class when a cell phone goes off, especially during a test or something. While I don't believe cells should be banned from school property, more measures need to be made to prevent them from being brought to class.
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Old 15-04-2006, 1:07 AM
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I don't think there's anything wrong with having a phone in school. Sure, it's annoying if it rings during class, but it's annoying whenever a phone rings in a public setting. Also, it's unrealistic to ban phones from schools; when kids grow up and enter the workplace, they'll have access to phones. They might as well learn to deal with the distraction now, rather than when they're in the working world.
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There's a big difference between your office phone ringing while you're working, and your cell phone ringing in the theater. Part of your job when you're working is likely to BE answering the phone -- and if it's not your job, then you don't need to worry about it. I don't see anything wrong with insisting that kids turn their phones off during class hours. In fact, I expect that if my kids are at school for six hours those hours are off-limits for phone calls except in the case of emergency - THEIR emergency. If I need to reach them during school hours, I do it the way it's always been done - through the office.
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Old 15-04-2006, 12:25 PM
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All high schools have rules about phones, like "turn them off in class or get confiscated". It is distracting to others, anyway, who would ring a 15 year old in the morning anyway? It usually goes to the parents, unless its a prank call or a matter of life and death. If a student cannot be reached, the parent is usually phoned so it's all good.
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Old 15-04-2006, 10:47 PM
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I finished school about 4 years ago, when i was at school they had phone jammers in the school to block any incomming and outgoing calls from mobile phones. Well thats how it was meant to work in theory, but the jammers never worked properly. lol
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Old 16-04-2006, 1:32 AM
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Thats just rediculous, I hate how american schools and politicans always have to declare war on stupid trivial things. Tis' amusing to read about in europe lol
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