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Students BBC News Report - Mobile Phones

MOBILE PHONES – TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN?

We carried out a survey to see if we should ban mobile phones in school. The reason for this was that another local school has banned mobile phones recently.

The results to the showed mostly the same reaction. Staff and pupils agreed that they felt mobile phones need to be turned off at the beginning of school and only turned back on at break or lunch time and then after school. This could be checked in registration. One Y8 pupil thought that children may need to contact parents or family for support, when feeling a bit down so they shouldn’t be banned completely. The majority of staff would like to see them gone as it disrupts education.

Here are some reasons for and against keeping mobile phones in schools:

For banning them:

  • They distract pupils from vital lessons.
  • They affect behaviour.
  • They risk privacy in both staff and pupils (photographs etc).
  • Less cyber bullying can take place on school grounds.
  • Video recording or picture taking of incidents or events can lead to humiliation and bullying.

Against banning them:

  • They can be used as a learning tool if used correctly.
  • They can be used to and from school as a safety precaution.
  • They are a vital way of contacting parents and confirming details.

Another student has also added that she thinks mobile phones should not be banned because pupils need to contact parents, and students will still sneak phones into school anyway!

In our opinion it is all about respect – in lessons you should be learning-you don’t need to be on your phone and teachers shouldn’t have to keep telling you to put it away. At lunch and break fair enough as it is your time.

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