Should Schools Ban Smartphones?

Students in France have one less thing to put in their backpacks these days. The country recently banned smartphones in public schools for all students through ninth grade. Many schools around the United States have similar bans.

Some educators say kids pay better attention in class when they aren’t constantly looking at their phones. They say banning phones encourages students to talk to each other more.

Most teachers would agree that they don’t want a classroom full of kids texting. But many say a total ban on phones isn’t necessary. Some people argue that it’s better to teach kids to use technology responsibly than to take it away. Plus, many parents point out that they need to be able to reach their kids during the day.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

Smartphones make it difficult for students to concentrate in class. Kids might play games, watch videos, or check out apps instead of paying attention to the teacher. They can easily miss important information. Plus, a ringing or buzzing phone distracts other students.

Also, some kids might be tempted to use their phones to cheat. They could go online and look up answers to a test, or they could text their friends for help.

Students should be able to have their phones with them in case of an emergency. Kids need a way to get in touch with their parents if they get sick, if the school bus breaks down, or even if they forget their lunch at home.

Plus, smartphones can actually help kids do better in school. We can use them to go online and do research for a class project or for help with writing essays. Plus, there are great educational apps we can use.

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