I know a lot of schools in my area do not allow them for anyone under the age of 16 which is the driving age a student can hold a license and operate a vehicle on their own. I just don't understand why there is an age limit on something like this. I can think of more reasons why children and teens should be allowed to have phones in and on school property vs why they should't!
Reason 1 - Cell phones offer parents more security that they can reach their child and their child can reach them directly if anything goes wrong.
Reason 2 - They can be used to help students stay organized and keep them from forgetting details they otherwise would.
Reason 3 - Allowing phones can help save on the cost of paper, books, and more within the school.
That is just a few. I can list off more but I want to know what everyone else thinks.
I think that the safety aspect is great and important but age needs to come into play here as well as rules. Phones are distracting and often used by students to message each other or spent time on social media which both take away from learning.
Phones are not ideal to read on for many reasons so I think tablets would be a better option. Maybe having tablets that are assigned to students at the beginning of the school year in place of books. Have them locked in place so they can't be used for anything other than books, notes, and homework.
While these are all great reasons, I don't think they belong in school. I hate to say it but the minority ruins it for the majority. When you see a student nearly take their life over bullying from pictures taken without consent, you don't view phones the same. There is a level of responsibility that kids should have when owning a phone and most parents don't care enough to ensure that.
I'm still not convinced. There are ways around everything you mentioned. Phones are too much of a problem and kids are too irresponsible to have them. They just lead to more bullying and more distractions.
Phones can be great tools when used right but teachers are not equipped to handle that many kids all having phones. It can easily become a distraction for the teacher and other students.