Should children be allowed carrying cellphones in schools???

@tuyakiki (3026)
India
June 2, 2009 8:28am CST
In my region the schools are against it and parents are very careful about their kids.They don't allow them with cell phones.. There are many ill effects of the cell phones. But if the parents are working,then the cell phones become very important as it is the only medium to keep i touch with the kids,when every body is out or not in home. What is your opinion in this regard??? Should children be allowed with cellphones that are not too expensive...Be free to post.
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@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
2 Jun 09
I think children should not carry cellphones in school. In fact I don't think it is a good idea to let them have cellphones, inside the school or not. Just think back for a moment, do you have cellphone when you was a kid? And what do you do by then when you want to hang out with others? You arrange the time and place to meet and none of the attendees are expected to be punctual because there are no ways one can contact the others. It is by this, we learn the importance of punctuality: not because we will miss out something but because others will have to wait for you indefinitely. With cellphones, you are always free to make a call and tell others you will be late which is an incentive of not being punctual. I can assure you how many people around me are getting late these days for virtually any kind of meeting. Making the life of children simple is important to let them learn some very basic things. Offering them cellphones will make them over-reliant on it too soon.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
I agree with you in this regard.....Children should be taught certain important things.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I know that I was not with a cell phone when I was a child mainly because they didn't really use them much back twenty five years ago. If there were cell phones they were just for the adults and it would be unheard of for kids or teenagers to have them at all. I can see what you are saying about the punctuality thing. There is not room for imagination when it comes to cell phones. Today's technology has made the world smaller and easier for people to be in touch with each other. It is one thing for adults to communicate via the cell phones and other things but there should be some lines drawn when it comes to children having the liberties that they do. It gets takes too far sometimes.
@hanah87 (1846)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 09
I think the parent should not allow their kids to bring cellphones in schools.In my country it is ellegal for kids to brimg cellphones.But there are still have many students or kids bring it.It was become out of controll and if they are get catch by their teacher for bring cellphone,their cellphones will be take by the teacher untill a long time the teacher will give it back.I think it is a good way to teach kids for avoid they bring cellphones.Many student play game or sms when teacher teaching them if they bring their cellphone.My friends also do it and i think it is not good for their future.Its have many bad effect than benefit for kids bring cellphone.Thank you for allow me to share my opinion.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
2 Jun 09
Thank you very much for sharing!!!There are many disadvantages...The cell phone rays also harm the kids and their concentration also hindered.
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@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I think they should for the simple fact of what just happen to my kids last week. There school bus driver was a subsute bus driver and dint take the right route took my kids at least 4 miles out of the way and if they didnt have a friend on the bus that got dropped off at the last bus they would not know what to do. There not really aloud phones in school but they take them any way for emergency. On on this day they both forgot there phone I was so mad and upset because if they didnt have this friend they would have been stuck they got off the bus with her and went to her house. My kids told her she made a wrong turn. Bus driver told them they on the wrong bus my daughter told her I been riding the bus for 4 years now which she has and then Imy daughter told her to get mapquest. so the bus driver called the bus company complaining about my older daughter. So it was just crazy
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thanks for sharing it with us!
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• United States
10 Jun 09
Your welcome there are advatages and disadvantages.
• United States
11 Jun 09
i think kids should be as long as they keep it in thier locker so like when they have a subitute they have a phone to use to call thier parents and so if they have no friends they have a phone
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
2 Jun 09
Well Kiki, just tell me what you did when cell phone was not the sort of vogue when you were at school and college? You too had parents and relatives. And would not they be bothered about your well being that now parents are openly giving cell phones to their children? I do not think that school children be allowed with the cell phone. Not only it would harm their being but also their academic career.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
May be you are right....Thanks for the post!
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
3 Jun 09
Not may be, I am always correct.lol
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@nimzia (389)
• India
12 Jun 09
In most of the schools it is restricted to carrying cell phone.Actually there is no need of cell phone for children.It will harm their studies and there is a chance to misuse.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I totally agree with this way of thinking. They should be restricted along with some of the other things that are being brought in to schools. There is not need, you are right. And above all you make another fine point. Cell phones can have a way of hindering studies and can be misused and break the concentration for children. Children don't need anything breaking their concentration. I don't think parents should give them to kids unless it is a really good reason.
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@kvarun88 (275)
• India
12 Jun 09
well i wuld say it depends on the parents if they think it is a necessity they shuld hav all rights to give it to the kids and if they think its not necessary then no cell phone for kids..! ultimately the power shuld reside in the hands of the parents..!
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I agree. It does depend on the parents. That could be part of the problem these days. Cell phones are given to children by parents and then it gets out of control. The phones are being carried onto the premises of schools and other establishments where they are not really needed. I think that some parents could have the right idea in mind in some occasions but children are too young to have a sophisticated piece of equipment. These cell phones can do so many tricks these days and it can really deter or break concentration of young people that need to be thinking of important things like studies and the like. Technology can be a good thing as long as it does not get out of control.
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@tpayne33 (53)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I think that kids should have cell phones in schools but only should be allowed to use them at certain times of the day such as before class,lunch and after school.Now I understand some parents want to keep in contact with their kids but they only contact them only when it is necessary and according to school guidelines.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thank you very much for sharing. Keep posting!Happy Mylotting!
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
3 Jun 09
No,no,no,no,no and no! Children shouldn't be aloowed to bring celphones to school! I don't care if it just in an emergeny or to all to picked up form school! Vhildren and teenagers ABUSE CELLPHONES and USE THEM IN THE CLASSROOM WHEN THEY AREN'T SUPPOSE TO! This WHY CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE CARRING AIUND OR USING CELLPHONES! When they are 16 and can afford a phone and the bill they can get one@ If not they can buy one and pay fro their bills at 18!!!!! This is my opinion!!
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
It hampher their concentration......Thanks for the post.
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@glesil_00 (1147)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
For me they are allowed as long as they are using it in the way it should be use, for communication. There is nothing bad if they have. I only say that children may not be allowed to have celfone while inside the classroom or in school and have classes so that it can not interfere its attention.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thanks for sharing.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I remember when I was younger, my parents had no problem getting in touch with me while I was in school... I never had problem with getting in touch with at least one of my parents through work... I never needed a cell phone while I was in school... One of the reason why my daughter is not getting a cell phone, & interestingly enough, she doesn't want one... Granted that she's only 9 but I know some of her friends already have cell phones... If she's not in school, she has no business being alone... She's gonna be either with baby sitter, at her friends house with friend's parent(s), etc... It's not about the expenses... How many 19 year olds now remember having cell phone 10 years ago? When she's old enough to drive, I'll might get her a phone but till then, I don't think she needs one...
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thanks for the post.
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@maezee (33011)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I think that parents should allow the kids to take them to school - but make them turn the phones off while in class, or drop them off in the office & pick them up at the end of the day. I can understand why some parents might want to always be able to get a hold of their kids, but they can't expect to interrupt the whole class just because they want to get ahold of their kids (and couldn't they just call the school, and have their child paged, if it was that much of an emergency? It's not as if schools don't have phones..) I wouldn't give my kid a phone if she/he was under 13 years old. I just don't think any younger is appropriate.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
This one is a great idea. Thanks for posting.
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@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
I think children can be allowed for as long as they only use it on break time or when they get off from classes. It is a medium for communication and without it people will definitely have a hard time reaching their kids if they have an important message to say. When I was back in high school they would ask us to keep it and if they see us using it inside the classrooms they will confiscate it right until you leave the school to go home. Gadgets I understand are forms of distraction but we cannot keep it away from children especially when we the parents are busy and needs update from our kids even via text or a 1 minute call from them.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thats true. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@foxrocks (29)
• United States
2 Jun 09
My son is 12 and we finally broke down and bought him a phone, mainly because he is involved in many sports and he can call us after practice. I think that a child should be taught that there is a time or place for cell phone use. My niece is a senior in high school and she texts everyone all day as well as checks her myspace and facebook accounts. I think this is wrong and kids should be concentrating on school and less on their friends. There is a time and a place for cell phone use and school is not one of them. My sons school makes them keep them in their lockers.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
It is certainly a good medium to keep in touch.It is really bad when the students text each other while a teacher is taking a class.Thanks for the post....
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
3 Jun 09
i think no. They are using it for all wrong purposes. Plus as they are not so mature, it brings inferiority complex among them.It is not good as I think.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thanks for the response. It is a good point..
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@John4Christ (1598)
• India
3 Jun 09
i think carrying cell phones to school is not at all a good idea........firstly school is a place where children are just learning the way of life......they are not so responsible at that time.....so you may never know what they do with it or whether they put in all their time after that cell phone and not studies.......so it would really be a bad idea to do something like this......college students should be allowed as their maturity level is more and can use the cell phone responsibly......although it is banned in my college....
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thank you very much for the post. Keep posting!
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@rosekiss (30270)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Jun 09
I don't think that children should be allowed to have their cellphones in school. The thing of it is, they would text all day, and not do their work. My grandson has a cellphone, but I don't think my daughter lets him have it in school. However he is failing, so he might be using his cellphone instead of doing his work. When I was teenager, cellphones weren't even thought of, of course they hadn't come into the picture then. If they had, I am sure that lots of kids would have had them. I knoow I wouldn't have though, as I was raised by my aunt. She never did have a cellphone or a computer in her life. I just don't think that having a cellphone in school is necessary. Kids go to school to learn and not talk on their cellphones. Well, have a very good day, and happy mylotting.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
Thanks for posting.....I think,she dis the right thing.
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• India
2 Jun 09
I think that children go to school for only one purpose and that is to get educated and learn some discipline.I feel all the modern day gadgets have a distracting effect on even people let alone children.Allowing children to carry cellphones with them would lead to a lot of problems that would dwarf all the advantages that it may have.Parents should not be overly bothered about their school going kid as a responsible school would take care of its kids.Allowing a cellphone would make kids take their freedom for granted.Hence I feel cellphones should not be allowed.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
I agree with you but it is the medium of contacting the kids if the parents are not at home.......Thanks for sharing.
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@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
2 Jun 09
hi tuyakiki, i don't really think children should have cell phones especially in schools.its ok if they have it at home and that too only when their parents are away.if children have cell phones at a very small age,they can get addicted to it and that can be really harmful.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
3 Jun 09
There are both advantages and disadvantages of the cell phone use.Thanks for the post.
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@CHORES (231)
• China
14 Jun 09
believe it or not.I haven't use a cell phone until I go to university.My friends just can't imagine how my life will be without a cell phone.But I just tell them public telephones are enough in the campsite. I don't think it a good thing for young chilgren take cell phones.Despite conecting with their parents they have a lot of other time to text or play games. Just my point of view
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@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I do not think kids should have their cellphone on while in school but they should be able to bring them and leave in lockers. So after school if they have extra activities they can call their parents when they are done or if they are going to a friends they can let the parent know were they will be.
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