Should Students Be Allowed to Have Cell Phones in Elementary and High Schools?

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Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools? Giorgi Samkharadze If you ask me, whether a child should have a cell phone or not, I will answer yes without any hesitation. I think children today need a cell phone simply for safety sake. There are phone plans and parental restrictions to suit all needs. In today’s world, a cell phone is a necessity for any child old enough to be able to use it in an emergency. The problem arises when the cell phones are brought to school. Many school districts prohibit their use, even their presence at all times, even during lunch (hopefully, there weren’t such kind of prohibitions in my school). Student handbooks outlaw the possession of a cell phone anywhere on school grounds. Any child with a cell phone can have it confiscated. I disagree with this policy. I was a student of elementary and high school and if they had prohibited the usage of cell phones I am well aware that many students, including me would use their phones indiscriminately, trying to call or text friends during class or risk having their phones go off in the classroom. That’s why I can’t agree with the policy of no cell phones. It isn’t practical. Specific rules need to be put in place so that phones are silenced and in backpacks during class. Mobile phones are a safety feature in a world that has become unsafe and unfriendly especially to children. How many adults feel safer knowing they have a cell phone in their not simply for talking to friends, but “just in case”. I know I do and have used it more than once to summon help. How much more necessary is for children to have one on their person “just in case?” School policies are not always made to benefit all students. The disallowing of cell phones because of misuse by a minority of students is unfair to the majority who would follow the rule of no phone use in classes. Cell

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