Have you ever wondered why your son or daughter is not doing a good job in the school? Have you noticed them being so isolated that makes you think they forgot how to even speak? Nowadays, technology is being so dominant on people especially on children who are trying to learn in schools. It distracts the brain and doesn’t let children focus on their education. Some 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a mobile phone, and a majority of teens (73 percent) have smartphones, according to a Pew Research Center study released in April. Ninety-two percent of teens report going online daily, with more than half saying they’re online several times a day. Having Cell phones in school where children try to focus on their education, causes a really big issue on their everyday learning. Cell phones should be at least banned from school because they distract students, isolate them socially, and can be used for cheating.
Students are being distracted in classes because of their cell phones. “… Distractions come in the form of text messages, phone calls, unrestricted Internet access and any number of entertaining applications. When set to run silently, these phones can also distract both when students are in class and during free periods that ordinarily could be dedicated to studying” (Laverty par. 3). This shows that even though phone can be silent, merely holding it can cause you to think of it continuously. Social media carries the hugest impact of distraction. Students may think on what to tweet during the class, what picture to post on Facebook, or replying to a text when teachers turn their backs. Even when they intend to carry their phones for class-related stuff, they’ll still be distracted by the very little things, such as the time left for the class to end. Cell phones not only distract students, but also destroy their future, as their bright future is based off their grades and their success in school. “Scientists have discovered that a call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour afterwards” (What A Cell Phone Can Do To A Child’s Brain In Just Two Minutes par. 2). This shows that every time children facetime their friends or merely call them during classes, it affects their brains’ nature for a while. Not only do cell phones distract students, but also tend to make them socially isolated by the long term.
Being on phones for students in the class isolate them socially and makes them less interactive. While waiting for the next class to start or even during the class, students tune out the rest of the world. They can be next to each other yet no word is being said. Social isolation is a health condition that can become very severe and lead up to depression, anxiety, and finally despair. “In addition to the much-discussed problem of cyberbullying, children who are heavily engaged in social networking have an increased chance of developing anxiety issues and, ironically, antisocial personality disorder” (Miller par. 12). This shows that students will then have mental health problems which prevent them from making good relationships and engaging with other people, which is the most important thing in life. Children and even adults, are finding that the Internet has a real negative effect on attention span. The impact can be highly noticed on kids, who weren’t familiar with laser attentiveness at the beginning. “… Researchers at California State University Dominguez Hills found middle school students who were asked to study for 15 minutes could only go two or three minutes without checking Facebook or sending a text message” (par. 13). This demonstrates that students are not being able to focus and notice the natural things around them. Instead, all they focus on and worry about is their cell phones, and how to escape to the negative fictional world of the Internet. In addition, cell phones in schools are more likely to be used in cheating.
Cell phones can be easily used for cheating in schools which leads to earn grades based off their cell phones’ effort. “Forget passing handwritten notes underneath desks or inking your arm with essential math formulas before a killer test. If students today want to cheat, they have a more insidious tool at their disposal: cell phones. (Miners par. 1). A survey shows that more than one third of teenagers have information stored in their cell phones to look at during a test, or simply texting their friends for the answers of the test. This shows that students in that way depend on cell phones for helping them in their tests and exams, and this is such a mess. Beside just earning high grades effortlessly, they can get themselves into trouble and may be suspended. In this way, teachers’ efforts are only a waste in the class, and the school’s effort as well. “Many young people don’t realize these behaviors are unethical because so many are immersed in the culture of free information available on the internet” (Cheating and Technology par. 4). This shows how students are not aware of the negative effects for using cell phones in cheating during exams, tests or even quizzes.
No, it isn’t worth taking the risk for only few hours and returning with all these negative effects. We need to make sure that children have a brighter future; we need to see them being something they once dreamed of becoming. This doesn’t come by allowing cell phones in schools. This is not building their future; it’s literally destroying it. We need to make sure that learning is effective for students. We need to make sure that their social life is excellent. We need them to focus on their learnings and care for their grades and success. We don’t want to cause them trouble and shame, or see them making no effort for studying. The only way for that is to have cell phones banned in schools, for everyone’s benefit.
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Miners, Zach. “One Third of Teens Use Cellphones to Cheat in School.” USNews. U.S. News and World Report L.P., 2016. 9 Nov. 2016. <http://www.usnews.com>.