In this modern world everyone has a cell phone. By 2010 seventy-five percent of twelve to seventeen year olds owned mobile phones and in the past two years that number has increased (Ludden). Recently the use of cell phones for cheating on tests, a new way of passing notes, and even cyberbullying/sexting have become major issues. Brevard county already has strict policies regarding phone use in school, if caught with a cell phone students get a referral, their phone is confiscated, and after repeat offenses, they can lose their phone privileges (Student/Parent Contract). But are these rules strict enough? If fifty-four percent of students admit to using phones in schools where similar rules are placed, they obviously are not (Ludden). For the good of the students, cell phones should not be used in school.
What would you rather go a week without; your cell phone or you toothbrush? Forty percent of iPhone user answered cell phone for this question (Ludden). As a society we are addicted to our cell phones and students are by for the worst offenders sending more texts a day than any other age group, an average of three hundred and thirty-three per month in 2010 (Watters). When the dismissal bell rings at just about any school, you are sure to witness dozens of students whipping out their phones instantaneously. “If you can’t go six hours without your phone, you are addicted.” says Diane Philips, 2011’s Brevard County Teacher of the year at the 2011-2012 Brevard Future Educators conference when speaking about the distractions of phones while studying. (Philips) It would be beneficial not only to the education of students but to their health as well to separate them from their phones for the time that they are at school. A study by Gaby Badre shows that teenagers who use their phones constantly experience ” increased restlessness” with more careless lifestyles, more consumption of stimulating beverages, difficulty in falling asleep and dis, and more disruptive reading susceptibility to stress and fatigue.” (Excessive Mobile Phone Use Affects Sleep) Many people who use cell phones too much, also experience headaches and even a phantom ringing sound distracting them and keeping them awake at night. (Braff)
Health effects aside, it is well known that texting in class has become a growing epidemic. When students are allowed to have their phone with them in class, many will take this as an opportunity to use them. This leads to disruptions in class, bullying, and even cheating on tests. (Cohen) There has also been some discussion on whether texting affects spelling and writing in the classroom setting. If students are texting in class, “computer talk”, can affect their grades. In a survey on edutopia, fifty=four percent of people found that texting was having an effect on the writing habits of young people. (Watters)