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Cell Phones at School: Should They Be Allowed?

by Maya Cohen

The question of whether cell phones should be allowed in schools has been hotly debated over the years. The reality is, bans on cell phones are hard for schools to enforce. A 2010 Pew Internet & American Life Project study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens at schools that completely ban phones bring their phones to school every day anyway. Short of checking each and every backpack, school officials can only enforce cell phone bans if they catch a student with a prohibited device. While the real decision regarding cell phones lies with parents, most schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting (the Pew study found that 43 percent of all teens who take their phones to school say they text in class at least once a day). So, before you add your child to your family plan, read the pros and cons of allowing cell phones in school to help make the right decision for your child.

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The Pros


You can be in touch with your children, and know their whereabouts. (The Pew study noted that 48 percent of parents use the phone to monitor their child's location.)

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