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The Cell Phone Problem
Hunter Yager
Monday, January 25, 2021

“65% of students still use cellphones on school premises and 35% of pupils admit to cheating by using their phones,” states E-learning blog. Cell phones in schools have been an issue for many students and teachers for years.

Cell phone privileges for students in our school have been an issue because most students do not want to work on their homework or pay attention in class. Students would rather text back and forth, or go on Snapchat or Facebook than listen to a math lesson. 

Jared Wunderlin explains that “[students] get distracted really easily on their phone at school.” Since students have their phones at school they don’t focus as much as they should. 

However, Brayden Edge counters, saying, “it really doesn't affect the [students’] school work because they need their phones to keep them calm.” My cell phone helps me at school because if I didn't have it would go insane and lose focus. Listening to music on my phone helps me concentrate. Other kids also like to listen to music on their phones while they are working. It is also an escape from the things at school that I sometimes do not want to hear. If I am having a bad day, then I can go on Facebook and look at something funny. 

Mrs. Lansing is a teaching assistant who says, “on the positive side, it has helped the students use it as a tool, and the downfall is using it when they shouldn't and it can be a distraction”. Cell phones can be both a good tool for students to have as well as a tool that causes disruptions and annoyance among staff members. Teachers want to make sure that students are getting their homework done and getting what they need at school to be successful. It is hard to do that when a student has their cell phone in front of their face. 

Cell phones will only continue to advance, as will technology as the years go on. More and more cell phone issues will affect how students learn in school, but it is a crisis that will not be avoided anytime soon.