Do you agree: no mobile phone at school?
April 20, 2017 9:40am CST
For the school administration, it will affect the schooling of the students. I am sure some parents are so disappointed for this kind of rule at school. "Could it possible to turn off the mobile phone while at school?" Since some students are too far from home and parents need to contact their children whereabout. Are students' mobile phone not allowed at school in your area? Image Credit: pixabay. com
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Mobile phones were not invented when I was in school. I survived. I think it's a good policy. If a child needs to reach a parent, they can use the school's phone. And vice versa, if a parent needs to reach their child, they can call the school. I remember standing outside in the rain for hours for my parents to pick me up sometimes, as they couldn't get off from work on time or got stuck in traffic. There are times we walked home too, or had a friend's mother give us a ride. Those were good times.
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I also experienced this during the old school days. I think it is not advisable to have mobile phones for the kids. However, I had seen some students who are living in the dormitory. The school's phone is not available during night time and parents cannot able to contact them.
• Guangzhou, China
Here no phones allow in the primary school. As to the high schools, they only allow simple phones rather than smartphones. The teachers will take them away if they see it. In my opinion, of course it is bad that some students use the phones in a wrong way. Such as they spend longer time on chatting, surfing or even playing the games. But on the other hand, phones have the advantages, too. It just depends on how you use it.
I heard that most schools in your country don't allow students to use a mobile phone. It is acceptable. I think it is best to turn off the mobile phone while having classes at school. This is the only way the parents can communicate with the students especially who are living in the dormitory.
• Guangzhou, China
@Shavkat The problem is the students don't follow the rules. They may just set it as the silent mode and they will use and play the cellphones in the schools. Sometimes they even use them in the class and this is why the schools don't allow smartphones.
• Chennai, India
Yeah, In my place students are not allowed to come with mobile phones. But some occasions like a farewell, cultural they are allowed to come with the phone. If parents want to talk they have to call to school admin number. Otherwise, they will have the chance to contact the student after the school time.
• Beckley, West Virginia
Students here can have them but in our district well atleast the elementary school rules ( I'll find out the middle school rules on the subject next year) they are suppose to be turned off and in the childs backpack during class. If the student is caught with the phone out during any class time it will be taken away and the parent has to go to the principal to get it back. Personally, I do not see the need for children ages 5 to 11 needing a cell phone when school phones are at their disposal if they have an actual reason for making a call. But of course that's just my opinion and I'm one of the few that feel this way. My daughter and I stay in a constant battle over this one. LOL! I just feel an 11 year old has no reason for a phone when someone takes her and gets her everyday and she has use of the school phone.
As a general rule, I do agree with this. There could be exceptions. I see that there are instances that students may need to contact their parents or vice-versa but the school administrators can do that for both the parent and the student.
• United States
At my daughter's middle school, phones are not allowed to be used during school hours. If they are caught using it at all, it will be confiscated and the parents will have to come to the office to claim the phone back. If there is an emergency, the child can always go to the office to make a phone call. And of course if there is an emergency on the outside, the parent can call the school. Phones are such a huge distraction from the learning and social environment - I'm actually glad this rule is in place at our school.
I do agree on that. I was thinking if they can have classroom no using of mobile phone or no usage of it within the premises of the school. What if the student is out of school and the parents are worried about being late in specified time to be at home. I was just thinking.
• United States
@Shavkat Here, the kids cannot use their phones IN school, but they can certain keep their gadgets in their lockers for before and after school. Once school is over, they can go to their lockers and check their messages. My daughter only has a flip phone - and she knows to keep it in her locker. There have been times when I have texted her that we would be a little late in picking her up - but even without the phone, I know she stays in a safe place.
This is not a problem in India, as mobile phones are not allowed at primary stages of school (so far as I know). But, yes, they should not be allowed to be used. Only in exceptional cases, like you mentioned, public booths near to school are preferable.