Do we really need cell phones in school?
I am horrified to read about the decision to allow mobile devices to be brought to school starting next year in our country. When dining out, just look around you. Most children are no longer interacting with each other these days. They all got their head burried into their mobile IT gadgets. A reunion of any sorts no longer holds any virtue of togetherness. What we get these days is a group of humans put together in one spot but interacting only through their social medias.
Do we really need that to be happening in schools too? Children are already burdened with ridiculous pressure these days. There is this pressure for them to excel academically as well as in sports and also the many other extra curriculum to make them an all rounder students.
I believe most of us parents can think back during our school days. We survived without having cell phones to distract us.
Why should we need mobile phones in school? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of bringing mobile phones to school.
#1 Parents can be in touch with their children and know their whereabouts
Hello! Your kids are in school and they are going from one lesson to another; walking from the computer lab to the science lab, back to the classroom, taking the occasional toilet break in between. Do you really NEED to call them to make sure they arrived at those ‘destinations’ safely?
#2 Kids can contact their parents in case of emergency
Back when I was a student, there is this thing called the TELEPHONE! It is a telecommunications device that ONLY transmits and receives sounds, usually the HUMAN VOICE and nothing else. It is located in the Teacher’s Room and should anything go wrong aka THE emergency, we just need to run to that room and request to make that call. Same goes if we parents needed to contact our kids in case of emergency, we can always call the school line and the teacher will help to convey the message to our kids. There is NO need for a mobile phone back then..
Why we do NOT need a mobile phone in school:
Can you imagine a classroom scenario where as soon as the teachers were not looking, the students quickly take out their cellphones to update FB or anything else related to it? I am SO CONFIDENT this will happen because as a private tutor myself, as soon as MY students were not looking, I take out MY phone to check for updates! >_< If an adult such as ME can’t be mature enough to handle a phone in class, do you think these kids can?
Bringing a phone to class will definitely affect the children’s concentration level and even communication skills! I once asked my student a question and her quick response of “Let’s GOOGLE it!” took me by surprise. Whatever happens to THINKING and CREATIVITY? Are we shaping our kids to be a ‘cut and paste’ generation?
#2 The DEAFENING sound of silence
Even if the children are told to switch off their phones in class, how many of them will really do it? Take adults for instance, do we actually switch off our phones in the cinemas? Yeah, you know the answer! If a teacher is to go around to check all phones are switched off, that will be a waste of precious 5-10 minutes during each lesson. Even in SILENT mode, the phone will still be a distraction as children can still communicate via text in class.
#3 Lacking of the peace of mind
School children will be so preoccupied with their phones that they won’t be able to give 100% concentration on their studies in class. Teachers have only limited hours spent with the children to instill wisdom in them. But if we teachers have to compete with the phones for the childrens’ attention, it will definitely be a harder battle to fight.
#4 Peer pressure
Kids as young as 4 are brand conscious these days. Dress your kid in pasar malam attire to pre-school and listen to what she has to complain when she gets home. Get your kid a ‘normal’ phone and risk them being bullied and made ridicule by the more ‘well-to-do’ kids with smart phones. Why create such unnecessary scenario?
I do not wish to send Ethan to a class full of zombies. It is bad enough he has a Zombie mom. He deserves to have REAL interactive friends. I really hope this silly decision of having cell phones in schools next year will be scraped off. Let these school children live through their childhood. Let them be human..
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