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Should Phones Be Banned From Schools?

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I see no reason why phones should be allowed in classrooms. At best they are a distraction, at worst they are a tool for cheating. Phones could be left in lockers at the school entrance.
No, but the use of phones in school should be banned.
I’m amazed that they aren’t already. I suppose it’s policing it which is the issue. Can you imagine the outcry if pupils were to be physically searched?
I agree with dannyk13 and bhg381.
They aren't allowed to be used in classes, teachers can confiscate them if they see them, but mine walked quite a way to school and sometimes do things afterwards, so it's useful if they at least have them with them.
Smart phones should be banned. Mobile phones that can only make calls to a very few numbers could be carried for emergencies, although I don't believe that is necessary but many parents feel the need to be easily contacted by their offspring.
That would mean me buying 4 more phones hc. I don't see the difference unless they are misused.
Where I work phones are banned in classrooms, and also during break times. They're immediately confiscated if students are caught with them. Sixth Formers are allowed to use them in their common room which is sometimes a pain, but some do use them for studying.
The difference is that children would not be able to surf the net, listen to their music, look at porn, send endless texts, use social media or play games on their phones, pixie.

It also means that their phones would not be a target for thieves. All the child would be able to do is call their parent or guardian in an emergency.
It's all so different from when I was a girl. I used to carry a 10p coin in case I needed to contact my parents.
I think smartphones should be banned from schools. If children need to contact their parents they can go to the school office, (as payphones now cost at least 60p.)
hc4361 - you don't mean children would have to spend their time LEARNING? That would never do, that's not what school is for, is it?
If a ban on smart phones on the school premises were nationwide there would be demand for ultra cheap dumb phones making them cheaper than they already are. They can already be bought for around £15 on a PAYG and that is good enough for an emergency call.
Ban 'Smart Phones' completely - allow dumb phones (text and calls only) but with a complete prohibition on use in times scheduled for classes or study.
My daughter is a nursery teacher and she has to have her phone switched off during working hours. If smart phones are to be continued to be allowed in schools, they should be handed over at morning registration, retrieved at dinner time, signed back in at afternoon registration and collected at home time. Any pupil falling foul of this could be punished with detention or whatever.
Ken, that is a huge responsibility on the school and very time consuming. Some kids have phones costing over £500 and you can't expect a school to be liable for loss, damage or theft during those times.
I agree with sunny Dave.
They should be able to take them but not use them at school.

My grandson was bullied when he first went to Senior school (on the way home) which was quite a long bus ride away, my son and DIL felt a bit easier knowing that he had his phone with him.
Am I to assume that, using the same logic, no person should be allowed to take their phone to work?
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