Schools struggle with cell phone rules

Schools struggle with cell phone rules

There are 183 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Aug 8, 2007, titled Schools struggle with cell phone rules. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Students in Cherokee County may have to turn off their mobile phones and digital audio players at the school door or risk losing them when they return to class this fall.

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1911-govt

Maxton, NC

#1 Aug 8, 2007
I like the signal jammer idea myself. I wish restaurants would do the same.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#2 Aug 8, 2007
My kids will have a cell phone at school. I will not be one of these parents being clueless if something happens and the school tries to keep it hush hush as they just did at TC.
Concerned Educator

Auburn, AL

#3 Aug 8, 2007
The use of cell phones is ubiquitous and causes terrible problems that can simply be avoided if everyone observes the school's policy... we simply state that "between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM cell phones must be turned off and out of sight". Sounds simple enough, doesn't it! Well, it isn't. Students are very, very clever about using them for a variety of reasons yet become belligerent and rude when asked to give them up. Parents, please help us educate your children by supporting whatever policy your student's school has concerning all electronic devices. Thanking you in advance; you will help make my job easier this upcoming school year!
Lawsuit awaiting

Inman, SC

#4 Aug 8, 2007
All it takes is a school shooting for heads to roll on this issue. Sorry, schools, you can't win this one.
Sure, you can have the phones turned off. You can even confiscate them if they ring in class. But you can't forbid a child from having contact with his/her parents in the event of an emergency.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#6 Aug 8, 2007
Lawsuit awaiting wrote:
All it takes is a school shooting for heads to roll on this issue. Sorry, schools, you can't win this one.
Sure, you can have the phones turned off. You can even confiscate them if they ring in class. But you can't forbid a child from having contact with his/her parents in the event of an emergency.
I went to school a lot of years before cell phones. I was never forbidden to have contact with my parents. Im sorry, a child is at school to learn. Supported by mine and your tax dollars. Not there to text and talk all day long. By all means, I dont care if they have them. Just during class, they should be OFF!!
Lollerkeekles

Inman, SC

#7 Aug 8, 2007
Dunnin wrote:
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I went to school a lot of years before cell phones. I was never forbidden to have contact with my parents. Im sorry, a child is at school to learn. Supported by mine and your tax dollars. Not there to text and talk all day long. By all means, I dont care if they have them. Just during class, they should be OFF!!
I agree 100%-- sure, if all is well, there's no need to be on the phone. A kid only really needs a phone for 911 and to call Mom and Dad. So, let them have the phones for those purposes.
It's sad that there are school shootings and stuff like that, but I would want my kid to call me in the event of an emergency.
Anti everything

Townville, SC

#8 Aug 8, 2007
They use it in school it gets taken and the parents can come to claim it. Kids are running wild these days because the parents would rather be their friend than there parent. Control kids before the Dept of Corrections has to.

“Fourth Estate = Fifth Column”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#9 Aug 8, 2007
No cell phones in schools. You get caught, it's crushed. And, then five wacks with the paddle.

“"We have come too far, ”

Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#10 Aug 8, 2007
Dunnin wrote: I went to school a lot of years before cell phones. I was never forbidden to have contact with my parents. Im sorry, a child is at school to learn. Supported by mine and your tax dollars. Not there to text and talk all day long. By all means, I dont care if they have them. Just during class, they should be OFF!!

Well said Dunnin. Parents who think that their snot nose brats need to sit around in school and text message their other little snert's are contributing to the dumbing down of the education system. I suppose if you snert comes home with a bad grade it is the teachers fault when all day the snot nose sat around and yakky yakked on textmsg with his little twit of a girl frind. Take the damn phone and lock it in a desk and give it to them at the end of the year. If they come back to school with another one , take it, suspend them and let the parents come back and sit in class with them for the next 6 weeks. As Dunnin stated, we didn't need phones, ipods etc etc nor $200 basketball shoes or designer jeans and most of us turned out right well. Now Lawsuit awaiting , what is your excuse?

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Wilsons Mills, NC

#11 Aug 8, 2007
Last year in my neighborhood, I noticed kids talking on cellphones but not ONE carry books to or from the bus stop.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#12 Aug 8, 2007
Dunnin wrote:
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I went to school a lot of years before cell phones. I was never forbidden to have contact with my parents. Im sorry, a child is at school to learn. Supported by mine and your tax dollars. Not there to text and talk all day long. By all means, I dont care if they have them. Just during class, they should be OFF!!
Dunnin when we went to school it wasn't just a lucky day that we made it home alive at the end of it. This is a whole new era we live in. The kids at school are not allowed to use the phones and if there was an emergency they would be in lock down and parents would be locked out. F that! I will have the ability to communicate with my child at all times since we now have the technology.

The kids who are willing to learn will and those who choose not to won't regardless of using a cell phone to txt or a paper and pencil to pass notes as we did back in the stone ages.
AC from NC

Weaverville, NC

#13 Aug 8, 2007
Cell phones should be turned off during class time but, in between classes they should be allowed. The big picture with cell phones needs to be focused on the idiots that can't drive and talk at the same time...That's where we need to ban cell phones.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#14 Aug 8, 2007
Ticker wrote:
Dunnin wrote: I went to school a lot of years before cell phones. I was never forbidden to have contact with my parents. Im sorry, a child is at school to learn. Supported by mine and your tax dollars. Not there to text and talk all day long. By all means, I dont care if they have them. Just during class, they should be OFF!!
Well said Dunnin. Parents who think that their snot nose brats need to sit around in school and text message their other little snert's are contributing to the dumbing down of the education system. I suppose if you snert comes home with a bad grade it is the teachers fault when all day the snot nose sat around and yakky yakked on textmsg with his little twit of a girl frind. Take the damn phone and lock it in a desk and give it to them at the end of the year. If they come back to school with another one , take it, suspend them and let the parents come back and sit in class with them for the next 6 weeks. As Dunnin stated, we didn't need phones, ipods etc etc nor $200 basketball shoes or designer jeans and most of us turned out right well. Now Lawsuit awaiting , what is your excuse?
Cellphones have their purpose. I just dont think in class is one of them. In emergency situations, AFTER the school and the child is out of danger, I would have no problem with a child calling their parents to let them know they were ok. I could imagine a child hiding during an emergency situation at school and the ringing of their cellphone alerting the perpetrators to where they were at. Theres pros and cons to everything. I realize people love their children, but what did we ever do before this hideous invention? And yes, I have one of them but hate it.
Psurprise

Candler, NC

#15 Aug 8, 2007
Free wrote:
My kids will have a cell phone at school. I will not be one of these parents being clueless if something happens and the school tries to keep it hush hush as they just did at TC.
I am not a parent, but I agree that cell phones are completely unnecessary in any academic setting. If your kid is in trouble, the school has means available to contact you.(You do give them your emergency contact info, don't you? Or is that an invasion of privacy?) Once again, problems with students begin with ignorant parents that just don't know any better for their kids. I agree with the harshest penalties as possible for cell phone use in school, and I'm sure most teachers would agree. As if they don't have enough to worry about trying to teach your kids.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#16 Aug 8, 2007
Free wrote:
<quoted text>
Dunnin when we went to school it wasn't just a lucky day that we made it home alive at the end of it. This is a whole new era we live in. The kids at school are not allowed to use the phones and if there was an emergency they would be in lock down and parents would be locked out. F that! I will have the ability to communicate with my child at all times since we now have the technology.
The kids who are willing to learn will and those who choose not to won't regardless of using a cell phone to txt or a paper and pencil to pass notes as we did back in the stone ages.
Free, I understand where you are coming from and I know you love your kids. And yes, a child will learn if they want to, regardless of the situation. I know times have changed and changed a lot, and not necessarily for the better. This is just one of those things, like MYSPACE, that you and I will just have to agree to disagree on, which we will do.
Psurprise

Candler, NC

#17 Aug 8, 2007
Free wrote: My kids will have a cell phone at school. I will not be one of these parents being clueless if something happens and the school tries to keep it hush hush as they just did at TC.

I am not a parent, but I agree that cell phones are completely unnecessary in any academic setting. If you kid is in trouble, the school has means available to contact you.(You do give them your emergency contact info, don't you? Or is that an invasion of privacy?) While it is nice to see parents actually involved in their kids' lives, what would be so important to have to interrupt a class to get in touch with your kid by cell phone? I'm pretty sure the students that have cell phones are not texting or talking to their parents during class. When I was in school, I tried to stay away from my parents as much as possible. I don't think attitudes of most teens has changed too much. I agree with the harshest penalties as possible for cell phone use at school, and I'm sure most teachers would agree. As if they don't have enough to worry about teaching your kids.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#18 Aug 8, 2007
Psurprise wrote:
Free wrote: My kids will have a cell phone at school. I will not be one of these parents being clueless if something happens and the school tries to keep it hush hush as they just did at TC.
I am not a parent, but I agree that cell phones are completely unnecessary in any academic setting. If you kid is in trouble, the school has means available to contact you.(You do give them your emergency contact info, don't you? Or is that an invasion of privacy?) While it is nice to see parents actually involved in their kids' lives, what would be so important to have to interrupt a class to get in touch with your kid by cell phone? I'm pretty sure the students that have cell phones are not texting or talking to their parents during class. When I was in school, I tried to stay away from my parents as much as possible. I don't think attitudes of most teens has changed too much. I agree with the harshest penalties as possible for cell phone use at school, and I'm sure most teachers would agree. As if they don't have enough to worry about teaching your kids.
Where have you been in the last few years...? Have you heard of any school notifying the parents when an emergency happens..? Just last year at TC when the kids had been exposed to some chemical, were sick and going to the hospital the parents were the last to know unless notified by cell by the students.

The schools are going to do what they think is necessary, not what the parents consider necessary. I'm not giving up my right to do what is best to protect my children and I'm certainly not leaving that in the hands of the inept school system here.

And since you are not a parent I expect you don't know the all consuming need we have to protect and give our children every means to protect themselves. A phone could be the difference between life or death in some instances. You may not agree with it but since you aren't paying the cell phone bill it really is no concern of yours id some kids carry to school or not.
Lollerkeekles

United States

#19 Aug 9, 2007
Psurprise wrote:
I am not a parent, but I agree that cell phones are completely unnecessary in any academic setting. If you kid is in trouble, the school has means available to contact you.(You do give them your emergency contact info, don't you? Or is that an invasion of privacy?) While it is nice to see parents actually involved in their kids' lives, what would be so important to have to interrupt a class to get in touch with your kid by cell phone? I'm pretty sure the students that have cell phones are not texting or talking to their parents during class. When I was in school, I tried to stay away from my parents as much as possible. I don't think attitudes of most teens has changed too much. I agree with the harshest penalties as possible for cell phone use at school, and I'm sure most teachers would agree. As if they don't have enough to worry about teaching your kids.
A student cell phone during school hours would be for emergency use. You certainly trust your fellow human beings (i.e., the principal's office) to contact the students' parents? The parents find out about these things on the local news because during major school incidents (e.g., school shootings) the school infrastructure collapses.
What's the matter, anyway? People have cell phones in college all the time, and *don't use them*. It doesn't take a genius to *not turn them on in class*. Oh... wait... that requires a teacher to get of his/her butt, and monitor the students. I think we found the problem. It's not the students, it's the teachers.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#20 Aug 9, 2007
Lollerkeekles wrote:
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A student cell phone during school hours would be for emergency use. You certainly trust your fellow human beings (i.e., the principal's office) to contact the students' parents? The parents find out about these things on the local news because during major school incidents (e.g., school shootings) the school infrastructure collapses.
What's the matter, anyway? People have cell phones in college all the time, and *don't use them*. It doesn't take a genius to *not turn them on in class*. Oh... wait... that requires a teacher to get of his/her butt, and monitor the students. I think we found the problem. It's not the students, it's the teachers.
Wow thats a load of crap, Loll...blaming it on teachers if students decide to use their cell phones when they arent supposed to. And some will, and we all know this.

A teachers job is to educate students, not to "monitor" cell phone usage. They already have enough to do.
Lollerkeekles

United States

#21 Aug 9, 2007
1911-govt wrote:
I like the signal jammer idea myself.
It is illegal.

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