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Why Cell Phones should not be allowed in classrooms

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Cell phones should not be allowed in classrooms because they cause students to want to cheat, are a distraction and students can cyberbully via them during class hours.
Reason 1: Cheating
Schools should not allow students to have their cell phones with them in class because students can cheat via cell phones on tests.
Evidence 2
Evidence 3
Now that students are allowed to carry cell phones at most times at school, it is very easy to snap a photo of a test and text it to another student.
Reason 3: Cyberbulling
Students should not be allowed to bring their cell phones in class because they could cyberbully via phones even though classrooms are supposed to be safe for everybody.
Any questions?
Evidence 1
This is an anecdote about two girls named Laura and Jessica who were best friends. They talked all throughout class and because of this the teacher moved them. This worked until one day the teacher had the class take a test. Both of their tests were exactly the same and so, the teacher asked them about it. The girls lied and said they didn't cheat, even thought they had been texting each other answers.
Evidence 1
Schools and classrooms are supposed to be safe for all kids. Most schools pledge to make sure that school is a bully free place. Rumors and news spread so much quicker because kids have social media, and texting at their fingertips.
Why Cell Phones should not be allowed in classrooms

Evidence 2
Evidence 3
Reason 2: Distractions
Students should not be allowed to bring their cell phones to class because they can get distracted by them. Some examples of this are; video games, texting, and even little things like alerts on their phones or things that light up their phones.
Evidence 1
Evidence 2
Evidence 3
looking at notes on a cell phone, texting friends answers, using a cell phone to search the internet for answers during a test
Is this cheating?
About 25% of students think that that isn't cheating !
There will always be a chance that students could cheat on exams and tests while in class. The cheating issue didn't start just because of cell phones.
Even though students can always find ways to cheat, mobile devices provides them with a easy way for them to cheat, and increases the temptation because most schools will take exams online.
Students can still get bullied at school in class. As I have stated before, this is a problem that did not start just because of cell phones. Also, when kids get home they can still find offensive texts and emails from those same cyberbullies.
Cell phones increase ways for kids to cyberbully other kids. Like take unwanted pictures and videos of others. (evidence 3)
Call for Action
A Study done by The Beneson Strategy Group showed that 35% of teens have admitted to use their cell phones to cheat. Over half said that they have used the internet to cheat.
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"When I was teaching, all too often I turned around from writing something on the blackboard to find students text-messaging or otherwise playing on their phones."
-quote from a teacher
Cell phones today have the capability to text other students, access to video games and the internet. This has always been an issue. Most schools (like ours) have figured out a way to stop distractions like the internet by blocking certain sites.
"Cell Phones set the wrong tone for learning, school officials say. Plus, they argue, some kids use cell phones to send mean messages to other students."

- WR News, Senior Edition

Cell phones have a camera on them, and because of this, students can use this to take unwanted pictures of other students. They can even film a video and post it on social media or youtube.
"It's extremely dangerous because I know a lot of people who text and drive and even walk and text so when given the opportunity to use their cell phones in the classroom, they will avert their attention to what they think is more interesting like social media than what teachers have to say."

-middle school dean
A 2010 Pew Research study found that 65 percent of cell phone owning teens bring their cell phones to school despite any bans that may be in place.
Some schools will allow cell phones to be in school, just not in the classrooms. So, even if kids did need their cell phones with them, they could just leave them in their locker.
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If you bring your cell phone to class then turn off your cell phone! Also, don't use your cell phone in class. Seriously, texting your friend isn't worth it! Finnally, if you see someone getting bullied online or at school in any way please stand up for them.


In conclusion; Cell phones should not be allowed in class because they cause students to want to cheat, are a distraction and students can cyberbully via them during class hours. School officials and teachers have pointed out many more reasons than this, but these were the most repeating ones that I noticed.
Raise your hand if you own a cell phone.

Now raise your hand if you bring that cell phone to class at school.


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