This is a common scenario for many students in classrooms around the world today, and this lack of attention due to cell phones results in less learning, more missed lessons, and more stress after school for students. Therefore, to better prevent these problems, I believe that cell phones should be restricted in classrooms to reduce the negative effects of allowing cell phone use in school.
The main problem with cell phones in the classroom is the distraction they create. In an age of advanced technology and social media, it’s far too easy and common for young students to get lost in their phones and stop paying attention in class.
For example, in my AP seminar class, the teacher allows students to pull out their phones during freelance work, which essentially takes up most of the class time since the course consists of several long-term projects to be completed in a independent.
As a result, many students spend their time playing games and texting their phones during class instead of using the time wisely to complete the project. Without any restrictions, I see almost every student in the class checking their phone at least once in every class, myself included. In particular, a student who sits next to me in my AP seminar class is a clear case study example of how phones can be so distracting.
Almost daily, I see her receive a message when she is just starting work. When she responds to this message, it results in an hour-long spiral of back-and-forth conversations, spending an exorbitant amount of time on her phone, texting or browsing social media.
She even turned to me to tell me that she needs to be productive because the project deadline is approaching, but a few minutes later she picks up her phone and stops working for the rest of the class.
Just having the phone placed on the desk is a distraction, prompting the student to focus not on the most important class work, but rather on the endless forms of entertainment available at their fingertips.
It’s even harder for students to stop after starting on their phone. Therefore, it can be argued that cell phones are the biggest distraction for students in school today.
Because cell phones are so distracting, restricting their use in schools is crucial. Students should be learning in school, but because of mobile phones, there is a lack of attention in class. This leads to a variety of problems for students and teachers.
Students will likely end up with poor grades and missing assignments because they’re on their phones instead of learning or completing assignments in class. Teachers will also have to deal with uninvolved students in the classroom who are likely to receive poor grades.
This was also seen in the student who sat next to me in the AP class. Because she was on the phone in class all the time and didn’t have enough time to properly create and memorize her presentation.
Class time was given, but because she was too distracted by her phone, she ended up getting a bad grade during her presentation. This could have been avoided if phones weren’t allowed out in class, removing that irresistible temptation from its grasp.
School is very important to a child’s development, and the purpose of going to school is to receive an education. However, with the distraction of cell phones, many students end up not being as successful as they could have been in their classes.
This creates problems for students, parents and teachers. Therefore, it is all the more crucial that cell phone use be restricted in a school environment.
Sure, it can be argued that cell phones can be beneficial for facilitating learning, but in reality, they are more of a distraction than a tool for school. Although cell phones can be integrated into lessons, they are not necessary, especially since most public schools today are equipped with electronic devices like Chromebooks.
According to New York Times, Chromebooks account for more than half of mobile devices shipped to schools, and these devices are especially useful in school for several reasons. They include the ability to lock Chromebooks to prevent cheating, easily share documents regardless of the Chromebook used and more.
These school devices can meet all the technological learning needs in the classroom and can also ensure student participation and listening. Personal devices like cell phones cannot be tracked by teachers and lead to inappropriate use.
However, school devices like Chromebooks are able to ensure that students learn because many inappropriate sites like games and social media are blocked on the internet at school.
Personally, I can attest to the effectiveness of using a Chromebook instead of my phone to do my homework in class. A little annoyed with the lesson, I had tried playing a game of 2048 on the Chromebook in class once during a lesson, only to find that it was stuck.
Because of this limitation, I chose to pay attention in class instead and was able to learn the material and spend my class time productively. Without access to these distractions, students are more likely to pay attention and learn in class. Therefore, cell phones are not necessary to facilitate learning and create more distractions than anything else.
With millions of students around the world, restricting cell phone use in classrooms is crucial as most students lack the self-control to pay attention in class and avoid picking up their phones. .
The result is a lack of attention in class, poor grades for students, more work for teachers, and more stress for students outside of school. Therefore, for students, teachers, the education system and the next generation, it is essential to restrict the use of cell phones in the classroom.