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Cell Phones in School

Masira Vohora, Reporter

Cell phones create a very controversial discussion in many schools, as some see them as useful educational tools, and other view them as a major distraction that can take away from the learning environment.

Many students in school spend their class time texting, posting on social media and listening to music.They plug in their headphones while class is going on, as well as while walking in hallways and up and down staircases. As a result, there are many instances of people bumping into each other, since they do not see who is coming as they are constantly looking at four inch screen.  

Students often check their phones every two minutes while class is going on, therefore, not paying attention to what teachers are talking about or the lesson they are teaching. Mr. Franco, an art teacher at Norwalk High School stated, “when students use their cellphones while I am talking, that keeps bothering me a lot.” According to Franco, students should be there where they are at that exact moment. He keeps telling students to take their earbuds out and put cellphones away, but after a few minutes, he must keep repeating those words.

According to Pew Research Center, 71% of teens use their time on social sites and more than half of teens are texters. Since 2008 and 2009, the teens who own cell phones and use text messaging has rapidly increased.

NHS student, Anika Vahora (’20), stated, “when a phone rings, our brain automatically reacts.” She continued, “they just want to know who texted and what.”

In addition, students use cell phones so they can look up answers to homework assignments, or in a language class to translate words and phrases. “While in class students google what they do not know and and easily get the answer of  the question,” noted Antonio Aragon, an NHS (’20).

Mr. Franco also said, “I ask students to use their phones in class but for academic purposes only.” Every teacher treats cells phones in a different way, as some of the teachers do not allow students to use their phones because they disobey their instructions and they feel like students are being disrespectful if they have their devices out. Students said that they use their  phone as a calendar, calculator and reminder for upcoming assignments, so they can easily be notified and never forget an important date.

Many teachers believe that cell phones can be used as a learning tool in the classroom, but also have the position cell phones can be a major distraction if not used in this way.

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