Some schools have now banned cellphone use according to NBC's Today Show, Should Cellphones Be Banned? Having and using cellphones at school is something that brings a whole slew of problems with it that I've never even considered; I've only ever thought of the benefits of having a cellphone. There is comfort in knowing that our kids can always be in contact with us.
Some problems mentioned with having cellphones in school - unwanted picture taking. That is a horrible thought. Showering for PE was bad enough but to know that someone could take a picture? Oh my! I can see where that could be a problem! Do kids even have PE in school anymore? (Remembering Richard Simmons trying to get PE back in schools.) Snapping pictures for answers to tests was also brought up - upgraded cheating. Text-messaging during class time is a problem.
According to NBC, kids admit that they can text message without even looking at the phone; pocket messaging, ha! Now why can't we do that? It would be a good thing to learn for those of us that need reading glasses to read now.
How about that mosquito tone for making it easier to be sneaky?
When it came out in Britain in December, the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a "no loitering" sign. Its annoying, high-pitched sound -- which many adults can't hear but most young people can -- would act as a teen repellent. WashingtonPost.com
That is funny. I cannot hear that at all! I turned it way up and... nothing. The kids could hear it all the way downstairs!
We must make new ways to deal with new.... ways! The cellphones are good for keeping in touch with our kids and these gadgets should be incorporated into everyday living that will work for both student and teacher, parent and kid and wherever else their use may be disruptive - if used without manners.
I say kids should keep the cellphones. College kids videoed with their cellphone when the shooting happened at Virginia Tech. If they need to be taught cellphone manners then they should be taught that. Not at school, but Mom and Dad should teach them proper times when one should turn off the phone, in consideration of others.
I know that there will be those that transgress the rules, there always is. The majority of people grow up enough to abide by rules. If they won't abide by school mandated rules then yes, the cellphone should be confiscated, but only after a kid has proven that they cannot appreciate the freedom they have been given to keep a cellphone in their possession.
My phone won't work in Walmart, so whatever Walmart does, do it at school. There must be a way to make a cellphone dysfunctional in certain areas like classrooms and bathrooms.
Wow, I am using Mozilla Firefox and their browser shows up misspelled words and when I right click on it, it gives me options for words I might be wanting to use instead. It's cool! I don't even have to use Blogger's spell check! Great feature, Firefox!
Later - I think I hear my phone ringing!