The world of instant communication has brought us a lot of advantages. We can reach across the whole world in a matter of seconds. It has also brought with it a host of problems. Call me old fashioned but why are six year olds carrying around cell phones? There is a place, a reason, and time for everything and school is not the place, reason, or time for cell phone use. I have heard some of the arguments that the children would be able to dial someone in an emergency. More times than not, small children freeze during a crisis. There should be a teacher in every class room and monitors in the hall. If there is an emergency they can call for help. I do believe it would be alright for high school age students to keep them in their lockers, or cars where they could access their phones during lunch time. I cannot see how a student could possibly be learning in class while holding a cell phone on their lap texting. We know it is very dangerous to try and drive while on the cell phone. It is also dangerous for a lot of children that are continually mocked teased and harassed through cell phones. They make an excellent tool for bullies. I overheard a girl in the hall of the high school who was so upset because she had forgotten her cell phone. I thought she was going to cry. I could not help but wonder, would she be that upset if she had misplaced a good book she was reading, or a school report? I would love to see a nationwide ban on cell phone use by students in public schools. What about all of you?
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