Is there a compromise in using of mobile phones in schools? What are shortcomings of their use? Read the information below to learn more about it.
The new problem of our time: should cell phones be banned in schools?
One and a half decades ago, we didn't even assume that the technology of mobile communication, having become public for all age categories, will turn into a problem, which will be mentioned by all educational institutions. Besides harmful effects of mobile communication on the health of the children, which quite often arise in school walls, thefts of expensive gadgets or usual children's envy to people who have a cooler device, mobile phone directly reduces the quality of school lessons, substantially engrossing the attention of students. How school teachers, whose students bring mobile phones to lessons and constantly are distracted by calls, SMS, social networks, should behave today?
Should mobile phones be banned in schools and colleges?
Difficulties of the solution of this problem, which has become so urgent in recent years, first of all, are explained by the lack of the law, which would regulate the use of mobile phones at schools. And, perhaps, there is no unambiguous answer on the issue of the ban on mobile phones at schools. Opinions of citizens on this problem strongly disperse. Certainly, such bans would hardly be pleasant to students, but what about teachers, school directors, and parents of these students? Similar problems of social character need to be solved only together by the search of compromises and drawing up the set of rules to which everyone – children, their parents, and teachers – will agree. And while authorities don't consider the laws regulating the use of mobile phones at schools, educational institutions can dictate strict rules of their using within own walls. The practice is already applied in a number of schools – eventually, the child can always contact parents by school stationary phone in the case of emergency. Similar measures save administrations of schools from the problems connected with thefts of expensive toys in schools. Trials with law enforcement agencies and excess suspicions obviously don't make education more effective. If the school administration doesn't impose the bans on the use of cell phones, then students have to understand that their gadgets can prevent studies, and it is inadmissible. Children should be informed on the culture of use of mobile phones at school. To talk to them it is pertinent only on breaks. At lessons, phones should be switched off or put on the silent mode. Also, you shouldn't brag of expensive models un front of schoolmates.
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Balanced argument or why mobile phones should not be banned in schools
Any school lessons should begin with a request to switch off cell phones. But what if children don't perceive such request? For this purpose, the special school set of rules is necessary. In those educational institutions, where similar rules have appeared and already have managed to get accustomed, the progress of students has considerably increased. And there is no wonder – instead of typing the text of the SMS, children listen to the teachers. Teachers and administration shouldn't solve problems with loss or breakages of cell phones in the school territory. Children, being afraid to lose the expensive means of communication, avoid a frequent use of the devices.
What are such rules in practice? What points should be included in the regulations limiting the use of cell phones of students? Here is the approximate set of rules, which students of school should adhere to:
- The mobile phone is a personal property of the student (or a school employee).
- The administration of the school and school teachers don't bear responsibility for the property of students, including their mobile means of communication.
The rules acting on occupations:
- For the period of a lesson, sound signals of the mobile phone have to be disconnected.
- During a lesson, students are forbidden to use mobile means of communication.
- During a lesson the teacher is forbidden to withdraw cell phones from students, respectively he (she) doesn't bear responsibility for their safety.
The rules existing during breaks before and after lessons on the territory of school:
- Students shouldn't leave the mobile phones unattended.
- Students shouldn't give the mobile phones into strange hands.
At accepting of the set of rules, regulating the use of the mobile phones at school, teachers should spend special class hours for their announcement and petition of each student. Certainly, teachers have to follow strictly established rules and give a set of positive examples to their students.
Why are mobile phones banned in some cases?
In those countries where cell phones have appeared earlier (Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Finland, and Denmark), experts recommend allowing children aged up to sixteen years to use mobile means of communication only for very important and urgent calls as their nervous system still is in a development stage. And, perhaps, such restriction seems quite rational. Maybe mobile phones can influence the structure of DNA, entail developing of benign tumors and cognitive frustration, would receive a powerful denial. Even in this case, it would be hardly worth accustoming the child to an expensive toy. These minutes and hours would be far more useful to be spent for development or real-life communication.
Teachers, in turn, can exert positive impact on a situation. For example, they can report to the child's parents that he pays too much attention to the gadget. Or to lead an educational discussion with students about harm and advantage of mobile phones, about the culture of a behavior of their owners in society and, in particular, in school.
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