Kathryn Shepherd — A big majority of schools does not allow their students to use cell phones in the school premises since this means of telecommunication is regarded as disturbing and distracting. Most school administrations argue that cell phones distract students’ attention from studies; these devices can be used to cheat on tests; and even to invade the privacy of other students, especially girls in the schools.
But, as in case of every technology, cell phones provide both advantages and disadvantages. Let’s have a look at some of the main advantages of the cell phones for students.
In case of an emergency: Cell phones or mobile phones can be very helpful in ensuring a student’s safety. A crime can take place at any place, and schools are no exception. In a case of emergency, a student can ask for help using his/her cell phone. They can use the technology to have immediate contact with police or security personnel of the school. Students’ easy access to immediate communication will also discourage criminals because most criminals become active when the victim is in isolation.
For studies and research: Cell phones allow students to easily establish contact with their classmates, friends, and even with teachers from anywhere. This helps them a lot in studies and research work. They can share any information with outers via phones. Any urgent information can be shared instantly through Internet on mobile phones.
To communicate with parents: Many students stay away from the parents, in boarding schools. Cell phones are very helpful for this kind of students. They can contact their parents and relatives whenever they feel lonely. They can also use cell phones in any case of emergency. Cell phones have a special importance for students living away from their parents. When they communicate with their parents through phones, they feel more at home and secure even if they are in a new atmosphere.
On the other hand, the majority of school managements regard cell phone utilization as troublesome and disturbing, and executed plans, which bans utilizing them on school grounds. Cell phones are a trouble in educational institutions. Pupils who are text messaging are not capable of giving complete attention to the lecture. If a pupil’s mobile phone rings in group of students, it completely disturbs the class for a significant period of time.
Nevertheless, given the advantages of cell phones, it is not advisable to put a complete ban on the use of cell phones in schools; rather there is a need to ensure a judicious use of cell phones by students.
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