Several states in the United States (US) have begun to prohibit the use of cellular telephones (cell phones) in school environments. Photo/National Education Association
WASHINGTON – Several states in the United States (US) have begun to prohibit the use of cellular telephones (cell phones) in school environments. Because mobile devices contribute greatly to cyberbullying, poor mental health and lack of learning.
The states of Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia and California have banned cell phone use or placed restrictions during school hours. Minnesota has completely banned the use of smart phones from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Banning smartphone use is thought to increase socialization, fewer distractions and overall happiness for children. However, parents expressed concerns about the lack of communication with their children during the day.
The principal of Maple Grove Middle School in Minnesota, Patrick Smith, implemented the ban last year. He claims the effort is to combat cyberbullying and fights between students in the hallways and force students to focus on lessons and not on mobile devices.
“I believe this (ban) changes things and will have a long-term impact on our students for years to come,” Smith told CBS News, quoted by SINDOnews from the Dailymail page, Sunday (3/12/2023).
The Board of Education asked parents for their thoughts on a school-wide cellphone ban at a district meeting, and Smith said the response was overwhelmingly positive. He added that when the school announced the plan, parents applauded.
Since the ban, Smith claims students have had more positive interactions with their peers. Smith encourages students to leave cellphones in lockers or confiscate them if they are seen using them in the classroom or school environment.
Ken Trump, president of the National School Safety and Security Service, said a cellphone ban would do more good than harm. He also warned that using cell phones in emergencies could do more harm than good.