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Is it justified to ban cell phones in schools?

Could mobile phones be used as an educational tool in the classroom?



Silent mode: Is silent mode okay or should they be turned off?


  • Silent cell phones won't distract anybody There will be no disruption if the students are required to keep their cell phones in their pockets and not use them for calling or texting except in an emergency. This would be more convenient for calling for a ride after school or making a phone call if an emergency happens at school.


  • Most students ignore rules to silence cell phones. Even though students are required to switch their cell phone to silent mode and are not allowed to use it, the majority of them just ignore the rules. Silent mode is not off and most kids still use their phones.

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  • Mobile phones are a distraction. Even if the phone is on "silent" mode, still a curiosity holds a part of your mind on the cell phone. Your mind keeps you bugging on and on what if someone called or someone messaged. This also distracts you from concentrating on your studies.

Emergency Cases: Is mobile phone useful for students in emergency situation?


  • Mobile phones are vital in emergency cases. In case of emergency students can call their parents or ambulance faster.


  • Mobile phones when earthquake is useless. Although mobile phones is useful when emergency situation happened, it could be some kind of foolish when you were trying calling your parents or ambulance when earthquake occurred. As you can see, after the earthquake happened, the communication systems are not functional anymore.
  • Alternatives in emergency situation. There are many telephone booths provided in a city. Nowadays, school have a telephone booth in case there were any emergency situation happened. So, bringing mobile phones to school for emergency situation can not be excused.

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