Should Students Be Allowed to Have Phones In School?

by Addie Robert

Should phones be allowed in school? Most people would say no. Some adults think cell phones are a distraction and they can be for certain students. “Banning phones can reduce the chances of cheating. They also can affect how successful a student is. A Kent State University study of 500 undergraduate students found there was a negative relationship between frequent cell phone use and grades, as well as lower life satisfaction, increased anxiety, and poor physical health.” [1]

According to Robert Earl, “An April 2010 study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Michigan found that in schools that permitted students to have cell phones, 71 percent of students sent or received text messages on their cellphones in class. In the majority of schools — those that allow students to have phones in school but not use them in the classroom – the percentage was almost as high: 65%. Even in schools that ban cell phones entirely, the percentage was still a shocking 58%.” [2]

“I don’t think phones should be allowed in school because it’s a distraction to the learning development of both struggling and excelling students,” Spanish teacher Elisabeth Marsh said.

Marsh added, “I definitely believe they should not be allowed in school. It distracts from the learning environment. It’s a distracting to teachers and students.”

Allowing phones in school also has a lot of pros. “Studies show that cell phones can be beneficial to students when reviewing and studying for exams or tests. Most cell phones have a camera these days, so children can use these to take pictures in class.” [3]

“I think we should be allowed to use phones in school because there are a lot of benefits to it. We can look things up and it is really helpful,” junior Kylie McClung said.

Many people support both sides of this argument. Phones and technology will continue to get worse in the future. Whether the usage of them in school changes, we’ll just have to wait and see.