The Daily New Reports that just about every candidate for Mayor position in New York is proposing to lift the ban on cell phones in a school that was put in place in 2006. Although mayoral candidates agreed and understood that educators find that cellphones are distracting and can foster cheating, the surrounding communities (especially parents) have the strong defense against this debate: safety. Especially after the 9/11 attacks, and school shootings, parents pushed that banning cell phones is problematic because cellphones are the only way of being in direct contact with their children in case of an emergency and the general whereabouts of their children. Was it surprising that “no cell phone” ban would not last?
The Education administration tried to control how the students were using their cell phones and explained that banning cell phones in class would lead to a decrease in cheating, racy bathroom pictures, and gang related fights, and reduce the theft of phones in schools. Yet even when the ban was in place, and metal detectors were placed right before schools’ entrances, students still would find ways to hide their cell phones in their clothes, lunches, and more sneaky places. Just about every student has a cell phone these days, and trying to control their use their cell phones was not successful and not favorable to the public. Until the Administration can gather more information in understanding ways to still keep students from being distracted by their cellphones in class, and other non academic related activities, bans on cellphones may not be the best alternative.
Mayoral hopefuls vow to lift cell phone bans in schools – Celeste Katz – Daily News – April 26, 2013 – Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mayoral-hopefuls-vow-lift-school-cell-phone-ban-article-1.1328874#ixzz2lmlqSJyF
School Cell Phone Ban Causes Uproar – Amy Clark – CBSNEWS – May 12, 2006 –Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-1616330.html