Should phones be banned at school?

@JannaLee (660)
Philippines
November 20, 2008 1:14pm CST
I've read from one magazine that the Italian government banned cellphone usage of students at school. Parents didn't agree much with the decision since they thought that cellphones will make their children safer since they can monitor them immediately. However, the Italian authorities said that the children were too preoccupied with their phones, to the point that they are using it even during class hours, even used it as a medium for cheating. What's your opinion about this? Should the other countries follow the same method as well?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Well,I think they should be able to use them at recess or lunch but not during the classroom hours. Maybe turn in to the teacher at the beginning of day and get back later..but I think they should have them especially if they walk home from school.If they are used as cheating then I think they should definitely have to turn their phones over to a teacher during the class time.
@philjas (1134)
• United States
21 Nov 08
The rule in my son's school is that cell phones can go to school, but they must be turned off AND stored in the kid's locker all day. That makes sense to me. It's there for safety after school, but can't be used during school hours.
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I know it's a bit hard to do but I think the use of cell phone should be banned during school hours but the kids shouldn't be banned from carrying them all together... If I were to allow my daughter to have a cell phone, I wouldn't want her to be using it in her classroom... Phone should be tucked away in her school bag & only be used when she not in classes or even when she's not in school... She would have it in her hand or in her front pocket but as soon as she steps into the school ground, she should put it away in her school bag... Then when the school let's out at the end of the day, then she can take it out & use it... If I need to get to her, I could just call the school, which I have done... If she needs to contact me, somebody at the school can call me or she can go to the office to call me or one of the teachers can call me... There are so many different ways for her to get in touch with me that there's almost no need for her to take out her cell phone...She's now only 9... She doesn't have cell phone... I haven't had any problem contacting her if I needed to & she never had any problem contacting me when she needed to...
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I think cells should definitely be banned during school hours. While I can understand where the parents are coming from, there is no need to check up on their child during the hours that they are in school. I can see where there would be kids who would use it as a method of cheating, and of course that would be a big concern. Kids go to school to receive an education, and the use of cell phones during class time should not be allowed at all. The newer cell phones have games on them, internet access, etc. When they are in the classroom their main focus should be their studies, not playing with their cell phone. I think they could hit a happy balance though, they should be allowed to have their cell phones with them, but they should be OFF during the school hours, and remain in their book bags. I think that other countries will probably follow suit in time to limit their use during their time inside the school. While we all want our kids to be secure and have that type of lifeline, there is no excuse for letting kids take advantage and use them whenever they feel like it during class time!