What is your opinion?

India
June 16, 2009 12:37am CST
In Indian colleges, Mobiles are mostly not allowed. Some support this while many oppose this. I'm one among the second group. Just by prohibiting the use, you can't students from using it. Students who misuse this technology will definitely use mobiles without being noticed by college authorities. So, there is use in banning mobiles. But at the same time, students who use mobiles in a positive way are affected. So, mobiles must be allowed. This is my opinion. What about you? Do you think they must be allowed?
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26 responses
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
16 Jun 09
Hi Jevendiran, Yes it is a complicated issue- some students genuinely need to have a mobile because they are staying away from home and living in hostels and need to keep in touch with their parents, and even otherwise now it has become a neccessity for everyone so, why target the students?. But if a student is irresponsible and starts using it within the class room , then understandably he is breaking the rules. But i dont see why the students are not allowed to use it within the campus? that's going a bit too far...
• India
17 Jun 09
Yeah! Thanks for your response, ma! You are right! We have many genuine reasons for using mobiles. Just see my comment to the response above your response. It's not right to ban this!
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@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
17 Jun 09
I agree, but at the same time I see some school children taking the mobiles inside the class rooms and it starts ringing right in the middle of a lesson- so what does one do except ban a student from taking it into the class room? I think it depends on the individual to know his limits and regarding school children, it is the responsibility of the parents to see that certain norms and regulations are followed...
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• India
18 Jun 09
That's right. Parents must take of their children. They must make them understand their responsibilities. Then, there is no need for this kinda discussion!
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@viet129 (71)
17 Jun 09
How did the world ever survive without mobile phones? I just cannot imagine. For students to say 'I can't manage without my phone.' Why not for goodness sake? Will your arms drop off, if you don't have your mobile? Will life suddenly stop without your mobile? I am a teacher and if a phone went off in my class, I consider it a disruption. Phones should be banned from all classes no question. There is absolutely no need to have a mobile phone in any class.
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• India
18 Jun 09
I don't say that we can't live without mobiles. But, if we use it in a right way, then what's wrong? I'm a student. I've planned to do some social service with my friends. We will provide education for poor children using the money we earn online. But we are in different places. We need to contact often. We can't search for a telephone every time. Moreover, we can easily text simple messages than a call. This is more economic too. In such cases, mobile is very essential!
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• China
17 Jun 09
Hi,Jevendiran! I'm really confused about why you shouldn't use your cellphones in college.That only happens when I was in high school.Because at that time,We have a huge study tasks,the mobiles may distract us from the attention in learning. But as for college student,Mobiles can be very useful to contact with parents and old friends.In the meantime,every coin has two sides,In my college,it is very uausl to see students playing cellphones in class.But that cann't be the reason to banned the Mobiles,we should control ourself to use mobiles in a positive way.
• India
18 Jun 09
Thanks for your valuable response! Happy mylotting!
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@Akila016 (70)
• China
16 Jun 09
Hi,there.I think college student should be allowed to use mobiles.Because it's information time now,We can't loose communication of the world.So does the college student.Mobile can keep us with others all the time.But on the contrary,Mobiles should fobbid in classroom when students are having classes.Mobiles may distract theirs attetions.
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's absolutely right! Thanks for your valuable response. Happy mylotting!
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• India
16 Jun 09
Me for one oppose the legal use of mobile phones in the classroom. I do not say that I do not use them in class, but when the class gets boring I use it to text my friends. The classroom is a place where we learn things which will help us lead a life and we should respect it. It should be used for personal things but not to disturb the class. One should put themselves in the teacher's shoes before they use the phone to discturb the whole class and try to feel how it would disrupt the flow. You mentioned that students in classes use the voice recorder to record classes. What' the use?? They can each have a webcam and sit at their homes and listen to the class.. Why not do that? The main reason for having classes is that it is supposed to increase concentration and the listening skills of the student. Such a practice is not useful in the long run where they are supposed to take in a lot of information at a single time. bourne
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• India
17 Jun 09
Hey! I didn't say that they don't listen the classes. They attend the classes. They listen to the teachers. At the same time, they switch on their mobile's voice recorder. Then, they'll listen to the lecture 'again' so that they could have better understanding!
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• India
16 Jun 09
yes.i agree with this.mobiles must be allowed.at least mobiles without camera can be allowed in the campus.as u say those who use them in positive way will definitely get affected.the are uncountable uses with mobiles.for the students who travels a long distances from college to home must need a phone.if there is a heavy traffic so as to reach home very late,we can inform our parents.These kind of matters gains importance.
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's right. Students have various uses out of mobiles. I'm a student. I've just completed +2. I'm gonna join college by next month. I've planned to serve my nation in every possible way, along with my friends. We definitely need mobiles for various reasons. Another important note. If you're interested in serving our nation, just add me as your friend and mail me. I've got an idea. You can give education to poor children by just spending few minutes every day!
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@bhabytart (1116)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
hello there jevendiran.... in our school,we do not encourage the student to bring cellphones. why because 1. there some people who can't control themselves, they take things which are theirs. 2. students sometimes use it when the teacher is discussing or they have activity. 3.sometimes they use it to copy during the test. but there are still some who ask permission to the school so that they can bring their cellphone but with a valid reason like 1. an important call from the parents who are outside the country. 2. in case of emergency they can call their parents or relatives. so i think they should not banned it but rather put limitation or explain to the parents the rules that should be follow in bringing a cellphone... have a nice day...
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's what I exactly mean. Mobiles shouldn't be banned. But, their use may be monitored. They must be allowed with some restrictions!
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@vkakochu (67)
• India
16 Jun 09
I am from India.I am still using the mobile phones in my class.In my college It is banned.But I can still use it.I support you.There is no point of banning it.
• India
17 Jun 09
You are absolutely right! Thank you for your response. Happy mylotting!
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• China
16 Jun 09
I think we,college studnets, should be given more alternatives.As we have more connectons with outter society, we need mobiles to be in contact with others.Besides, it really gives convenience to users, even teachers now use mobiles to contact us.All in all, Indian colleges regulate too much.
• India
17 Jun 09
Yeah, that's right. Thanks for your response. Happy mylotting!
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@sumanadep (1230)
• India
16 Jun 09
In my the use of mobile was only restricted in the classroom. The motive was to avoid distraction during classroom sessions. But outside the classroom the we were allowed to use the mobile. Misuse of technology cannot be stoped by banning it particular area.
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• India
17 Jun 09
Yeah, that's right. Thanks for your response. Happy mylotting!
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@jb78000 (15173)
16 Jun 09
i don't see how you can ban them, and there's nothing wrong with using a mobile outside class or for emergencies. if a phone goes off in a class though it is really disruptive, and texting throughout a lesson is just rude. i think the rule should simply be to have phones on silent and don't use during a class
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's right. That's what I think. Thanks for your response. Happy mylotting!
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• China
16 Jun 09
First of all,I think rule is unfair. In a certain extent,I even think it's even a unwise way to prevent student from using mobiles.Besides,colleges are not those young kids who would listen to the authority exactly.Colleges students all have senses of judgement,they tell good from bad.Of course,there are guys who misuse mobiles.But I think those guys are just the minority in college students.So the authority would better to take some active measures to prevent students from misusing mobiles,but not forbid to use them.
• India
17 Jun 09
That's exactly my opinion too! By banning, you can't stop mischievous students. They will definitely use them without being noticed. But, students who use them positively get affected. So, it's not necessary to ban mobiles!
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@flaky03 (225)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
We should consider that cellphones should be allowed inside the classroom in such a way that there are times that it should be prohibited. Like for example, on the teacher or instructor's side - it is an insult if one of his students is using the phone for games or text messaging that. It can also be a source of cheating or leakage. There are always exception to every rules like phones should only be used during breaks or free time and most of all for any emergencies.
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's right! It's very essential in times of emergency!
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@saumya69 (382)
• India
16 Jun 09
I think mobile should be banned, because now a days mobile has become the main center of attention for everyone. So, if the mobile rings in the class, then the whole class will be disturbed and even the lecturer can't concentrate properly in his/her lecture. Moreover, if we keep in silent in our bag, then there is no harm. We can always call back/message if we miss out any important call after the class. And if someone is really serious about the studies then nothing else is more important for him than studies. btw, this was my views. thanks, saumya.
@anangf (1148)
• Indonesia
21 Jun 09
Hi, I agree with you. There is a lot of time to have fun wit mobile facility. If they a on class or school, somebody make emergency call should ask their school phone number. it should be better for everything.
• Malta
16 Jun 09
Hi jevendiran, I totally agree with you. I think that your college authorities are treating you like small kids. Although I agree that there should be some limitations for the use of mobiles in college, like no use in class and library, you still have the right to hold a mobile. After all it's one of the easiest means of communication in today's world.
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• India
17 Jun 09
Yeah, that's right! It's the easy means of communication. It has also has various other uses. In a school in Mumbai(India), students record lectures using their mobiles, then listen to them often using iPods. This has helped them to understand better and to remember things easily!
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16 Jun 09
Dear friend, I am so surprised about this!! In many countries, even primiry students have mobiles, I don't know why you college students are not allowed.It's a really good tool for people, I can't imagine what my life will be without a mobile.
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• India
17 Jun 09
That's true! It's a very useful tool for every single human being. It's really so necessary!
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@med889 (5958)
16 Jun 09
Here in colleges we are allowed to bring mobile phones but we are expected to do not use it in classrooms which I agree. When we are in class we are learning something else so I do not tink using mobile in college should be banned if the students know and are concious of the college's rules which says that mobile is not allowed in classroom.
• India
17 Jun 09
It's not necessary to ban mobiles inside classrooms. In a school in Mumbai(India), students record the lectures using their mobiles and listen to them often using iPods and laptops. This has given a very good result. There, teachers allow the students to use mobiles. So, it depends on the students' attitude. By banning, we affect the students with positive attitude(as stated in the above example) also!
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• China
16 Jun 09
Well,everything has good side or bad side.I think student should have mobiles,cause it's useful for students communicating with each oher.But I think mobiles should be forbidden use when in class.
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• India
16 Jun 09
That's right. But, it's not necessary to ban in class rooms too. Because, in a school in Mumbai(India), students are allowed to use mobiles inside classrooms. They record the class using voice recorder, then hear it often using iPod. This had given a good result!
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• Philippines
5 Apr 11
Hi there Jevendiran! I do not think that mobile phones must be prohibited in schools. However, it is important for the school to come up with policies that would regulate the use of mobile phones within the campus. There is really nothing wrong with using them in school but it might not look good for a student to be using his/her mobile phone while the teacher is delivering his/her lecture. Moreover, it is very much possible for students to use his/her mobile phone to cheat during exams or quizzes. Therefore, while it must not be banned, the use of mobile phones in school must be controlled to a certain extent.
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
17 Jun 09
Jevendiran, In the first place, do you really believe that there are students who really use the cellphones in a positive way? I am sorry but I really beg to differ here. One of the very basic reason for me to oppose here will be that these cellphones are being bought and maintained by their parents' hard earned money. If you care to observe most of the time these models are very expensive and state of the art models. If you think all the enhanced mobile applications are anything for the working adults then look further, and you will see that it is a fact that the vast user numbers are the students. I am sure you would have read the exorbitant cellphone bills being incurred by ignorant students in the papers. So, in a way, I feel that it is unfair, for the parents to bear the responsibility and financial burdens of a cellphone. Bringing them up and academic pursuits already a such big burden so I feel that it will be unfair to add more burdens here. To be fair, I feel that the academic authorities are being fair with this ban and rightly so. It is important that learning to adapt and overcome is one of the essentials for the youths of today and what better way than to learn how not to be too reliant to these technologies. A student's life is never too complicated or filled with so much uncertainties that they could loose their time with their parents and siblings. So, sometimes I am really wondering if they really need these mobiles during their time at school. Last but not least, these mobiles most of time are culpable for being vices for the restless students. Distracting them from their main aim and goal, and at the end of the day, are their parents guilty for being supportive by letting them own these vices?
• India
18 Jun 09
I agree with you! But it's not right to ban mobiles. Parents shall take the decision whether to give their mobiles or not. Colleges shouldn't decide. There are still students who use mobiles in a positive way. I'm also a student. I've planned to do some social service along with my friends. We will help poor children to get education by using the money we earn online. We definitely need mobiles for various genuine reasons. If colleges ban the use, then our actions will be retarded. So, mobile usage must be allowed!
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• Singapore
18 Jun 09
Jevendiran, Contrary to what you have mentioned here, I would like to set a pose here. Just what is so positive of a mobile phone to a student? Let's see if they are really that useful here, please do not misunderstand my intentions here, I just feel that objectivity is being the best policy here. Also, especially when you are coming from the students' point of view (POV). I hate to mention this, but with today's advancements and availability of technological devices, I just feel that students can be better equipped with them other than a mobile phone. Also, I feel that the schools are banning the use across the board for the sake of being fair and equal here. It would also be good to quell issues like peer pressure within an environment which is solely aimed and encouraging the good of paper chase. I am all for the help of under privileged students however, I am sure there will be better and effective methods and ways. Not everyone has the same capacity and capability, consider the added pressures and burden of slow learners being one of it. I am all for the good of every academics, yet I must remind all quarters that there are always better ways, ideas, methods and equipments. Being more resourceful would just be the better alternative and order of the day. Have a nice day.
• India
18 Jun 09
I could understand what you mean! You are absolutely right! Slow learners will definitely be affected. Also, poor children will get an inferiority complex. I agree with you, friend! Have a nice day! Happy mylotting!
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