6 April, 2015
English 10H (1)
John Locke once said, “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions…”. It is now being argued whether or not schools should be able to search student cell phones, meaning that schools are able to view your social media as well as your private information such as texts, emails, voicemails, and contacts. Although many say that it is a preventative method to ensure student safety; it seems as if it is a blatant invasion of one’s privacy. It would be unjustifiable for schools to search every student’s cell phone as students are citizens of the United States and have the constitutional right to privacy.
At school, the only supervision that students are under is enacted by teachers and other staff who in order to keep one safe, must be informed of student communication between one another. This dynamic does mean that “as surrogate parents, school officials have the same responsibility during the school day” and that school staff will have to take on a parenting role during school hours and insert themselves into the personal lives of students. One example of when this becomes necessary is when students are in conflict with one another. As cyber bullying is so prevalent in schools today, it seems logical that access to phones would be necessary to prevent these types of situations. With access to the student’s phones, the staff would be able to respond to this act accordingly. Also, if schools were able to access student’s phones, they would be able to pinpoint which student was viewing inappropriate material and be able to identify those students who are using their phones during class instructional time.
Teachers and staff take on a parenting role, however this does not mean that they...