There is no need under the sun for a kid to have a cell phone at school.
You can't see some type of natural or person-made emergency that might necessitate the ability of your child to be able to contact you (or the authorities) by cell phone from school? I can think of several scenarios where I want my son to have access to his cell phone at school -- even though it must be turned off and kept out of sight during instructional periods.
i agree, my 14 and 17 yos both have cellphones at school which have never been a problem. if your kid is trustworthy, having a cellphone will not matter one way or the other. if they aren’t, they are going to get into trouble, cellphone or not. Freepers are the first ones to scream about guns and SUVs being blamed for things, yet one can hear them screaming about cellphones causing shenanigans. SHENANIGANS will happen, if the flesh is willing, irrespective of technology.
posted on 12/10/2008 11:47:11 AM PST
You can't see some type of natural or person-made emergency that might necessitate the ability of your child to be able to contact you (or the authorities) by cell phone from school?
Post 9/11, I think pretty much every schoolkid should have a cell phone. Parents can disable a lot of the functions, if need be, but kids and parents being able to get in contact with one another in an emergency is crucial.
Schools should just require that cell phones be set to vibrate or silent during class time.
posted on 12/10/2008 11:55:44 AM PST
by Citizen Blade
(What would Ronald Reagan do?)
What I see is out of the millions of students that have passed throught American schools in the past, only this particular generation needs cell phones.
Do you not think that parents and student have always had need to contact one another, and there is always a way?
I raised four and put them through school just fine without a cell phone...they were all graduated before cell phones came on the scene, and made it just fine.
In fact, we both worked out of town, but somehow always managed to get messages from the school and keep up with our kids.
The cellphone thing is not for the convenience of the kids...it's for convenience of the parents. And the parents should definitely have a cell phone, and give their number to the school.
Some schools even have a subscription thing, where blanket text messages are sent to parents concerning school activities like closings, emergencies, etc.
Every classroom should be equipped with those cellphone jamming devices and cellphones - if allowed - should be left in students lockers, turned OFF.
posted on 12/10/2008 11:57:58 AM PST
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