Why children should be allowed to use their cell phones in school.

The debate on whether children should or shouldn’t be allowed to use their cell phones at school and during school hours is simple; children should be able to and for many reasons.

The “real world” has become technologically based; almost every job relies on some form of technology. Restricting children from learning how to master cell phones can only hurt them. Why would we want to hold children back? If at a young age they use cell phones at an advanced level, by the time they have their first job they will pick up the technology easily. This could also spark their imagination and turn them into entrepreneurs or engineers. Cell phones can expand children’s horizons and make them smarter.

Not only could this benefit them in the future but in the classroom as well. There are a lot of times where children don’t understand a word or subject because it’s either too complex or English is their second language. When that’s the case, if children have their cell phones accessible, they could easily search the material up, use google translate, look at images. This would ultimately be beneficial for both the student, other students and teacher. It would benefit the student because some are too shy to ask questions so this way they’ll get their questions answered. It’ll help the surrounding students because students learn at different rates and simple questions slow down the learning process for more advanced students and could potentially bore them and lose their focus. And it helps the teacher because he or she could move on with their lesson without interruptions, the teacher is also less likely to get frustrated if she doesn’t have to repeat her or himself. Students with dyslexia, mental illnesses, etc. could also use cell phones to help their learning. Depending on the student’s needs, there is almost always an application that caters to them.

Allowing children to use cell phones also avoids double standards. We see our teachers using them when they’re finished teaching and waiting for the class to finish their work; why can’t students use them when they’re finished with their work and waiting for their peers? During free time, recess or lunch children should be able to use their phones because it won’t interrupt their learning. We don’t want our children to feel inferior to their adults because they will learn that adults are allowed to do anything simply because they’re adults.

Seven hours of school is a long time, sometimes kids don’t even see their kids till 6pm because they have work. A child being able to contact their parent throughout the day is reassuring. Updates on their life could be beneficial to their relationship as well as the child’s safety. Accidents happen and to save a child from embarrassment, they could directly contact their parents instead of having to go to administration. Most schools require going to the principal or secretary’s office which can be uncomfortable considering they most likely don’t have much of a relationship with this staff member. Kids have so much going on that they are bound to forget things every here or there. Perhaps they don’t know if they need to go to their aunt’s house after school or the community center… they didn’t bring their wallet for lunch… they forgot their soccer cleats in the car… and so and so forth. There is no need to go to the principal or teacher to ask if you could contact your parent or guardian; the child could save everybody the trouble but shooting a text themselves.

And last but not least, this will give the child a sense of responsibility and adulthood. Carrying around a cell phone means they must always be aware of where it is, if it’s on or off, silent or loud, who to give their numbers to, what to use their phone for, etc. This will also teach them to balance and learn when it is appropriate to use the phone. Children will learn cause and effect, how to manage their time, how to prioritize, etc. Something as simple as carrying a phone around could make them successful adults in the future.

Overall, not only will a child master their technological skills, increase their learning abilities in the classroom, learn equality, and reassure/ keep in touch with their parents but they will learn how to be successful adults in the future. With the simple rule of allowing kids to use their cell phones during school hours, we can create an amazing future.