Do Students Really Need Cell Phones At School?
There is sufficient proof of cell phones causing distractions in schools. Small in size and many times inaudible, high-pitched ring tones make these gadgets very easy to hide and use. Research shows that adults over 30 cannot hear some of the high-pitched ring tones teens use deliberately for that reason. Cell phones can be used to cheat, to call the wrong people and to bully classmates.
Recently, the president of the Tuscaloosa County NAACP approached the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education asking that students be banned from bringing cell phones to school. He went on to describe an incident that his 12 year old granddaughter experienced at the middle school she attends. The 12 year old granddaughter indicated that while she visited the restroom, another student looked into her stall and used a cell phone to film her. Subsequently, this student posted his granddaughter on the Internet. Upon returning to her classroom she became the source of ridicule by fellow students looking at this internet posting on their cell phones. I am sure that this humiliation and invasion of this child's privacy could have possibly been avoided if stringent policies were in place.
Schools and school districts use different approaches to the possession and use of cell phones on school premises. There are some districts who feel strongly that this technology is a powerful educational tool, while some identify cell phones as disruptive demons.
Perhaps in the near future those who are responsible for making cell phone policy changes in the schools will revisit this matter.