Ring, Ring”, a cellphone goes off in class. The boy with the cellphone hides in his seat in embarrassment. All the children staring at him and the teacher glaring at him. Cell phones should not be allowed in school because they are a disruption to the environment can be used to do illegal/bad things, and are a key factor to cyber-bullying and cheating. One reason is that cell phones can be used to do illegal things. They can be used to commit drug deals. On school property teens can go to open air markets and buy drugs straight off the site. Cell phones can also be used for prank calls.
There have been many cases when a teen goes into a school restroom, pulls out his cellphone and calls the police to tell them there is a bomb planted in the school. This not only is a felony but it disrupts the school environment, it causes panic within teachers and students, and the fake threat will have wasted the time of the police officers. If the student is caught, they can even be tried in juvenile court. Furthermore cell phones can detonate real bombs with their signal. Illegal or not tolerated pictures can also be taken with a cell phone.
Furthermore, a student can take a picture of someone changing in the locker room and post it on social media websites like Facebook or Instagram. This act is called sexting and it is illegal. Lastly, theft is a big issue associated with cell phones in school. There have been numerous cases of stolen cell phones in school. Mainly from students who keep their phones in their locker. This is how cell phones can be used to do illegal things. Another issue involving cell phones in school is cheating. While taking a test students can look up the answers by surfing the web.
Teens can also text each other the answer. Text messages can be sent discretely while in a classroom. Some smartphones have advanced models of calculators. Even if they don’t have an advanced calculator they could probably download one from the application store that is built onto a smartphone. Students can also download apps just to help them cheat on a test. This cheating will probably be repeated. If they still continue to cheat in college they can be expelled. This continuous cheating will not help a teen when they are thrown a problem in real life.
They will rely on the text messages and the calculators that helped him or her in middle school and high school. The limitations for cheating with cell phones are endless. Cyber-bullying is also another problem that is associated with cell phones. Teens can send hurtful text messages via cell phone. Cyber bullying is very serious. Teens that are cyber-bullied are 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide and most kids don’t tell their parents if they are cyber-bullied. Almost every teen has been cyber-bullied or has witnessed cyber-bullying. Sending hurtful messages is wrong and it is not tolerated.
In New Jersey an anti-bullying law has been set up to protect the welfare and privacy of students, and that kids can go to school and not worried about being bullied. Even if there is a decrease in verbal and physical bullying, the cyber-bullying with teens is very high. Take action against cyber-bullying. If you receive a hurtful text message or an inappropriate picture tell a trusted adult, such as a parent or guidance counselor. They will help you sort your problem out. And whatever you do, do not reply to the person’s hurtful text. You will probably lash out your anger in the text.
This can get you in as much trouble as the person who bullied you. Remember cyber-bullying is wrong and you can stand up against it. The last reason why cell phones should not be permitted in school is because they are a disruption to the school environment. Imagine a phone going off in class. This not only disrupts a teacher’s teaching but it also disrupts a student’s concentration. Texting in class is a discrete procedure. The student will not be caught. If they do consequences vary as much as a mere warning to a detention. Should teens really risk a detention just because they couldn’t wait till after school to send a text message?
Cell phones can also be used to take pictures and videos of the class. The center of attention will merge to the person with the cell phone. That is why cell phones are a disruption to the would-be peaceful school environment. In conclusion, cell phones contribute to cyber bullying, cheating, disruptions, and illegal acts. The issues are all very serious and if you are caught doing any of these you can land in serious trouble. Consider all the things you have read and think about it. You will soon realize that cell-phones in school are a bad idea. BY Anonymous