There is a big debate about students having access to their cellphones in the classroom. Edweek's article, Schools Say No to Cellphones in Classroom, points out the fears parents, teachers, and administrators have, "Sexting. Cyberbullying. Googling test answers. Taking a picture of a quiz and sending it to friends who have the same class later in the day. Paying more attention to Instagram notifications than biology class."
Some districts have new policies that set limitations or bans for the use of cellphones throughout the school day, even during lunch. California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed Assembly Bill 272 in early July allowing school districts the right to restrict or prohibit device use in class. According to Edweek, a few more states are looking to follow California.
While others are saying, "It's better to keep cellphones in school and help train students how to use them responsibly, rather than just banning their use." Teachers agree, "We should be teaching our students how to utilize educational apps, navigate through the online world of social media, and teach them how to self-regulate. We should be teaching these things at home and at school."
What do you think, should we allow cellphone use in school? Do you think we should help the students learn the proper way to utilize the smart-device or do you believe we should ban them from school? Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment to our blog or posting on social media using #iChoose2BeKind
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