Social media has influenced our teens and younger generations in a bad way. I see kids being so obsessed with checking their phones, they can’t even concentrate. This also leads to more social isolation and bullying. Kids could just as easily use their phones to cheat! They should not be permitted in school unless they are shut off and left in their lockers until the end of the school day.
I agree that they tend to be a bigger distraction than a help but I still believe it is up to the parent on whether or not they should carry one as it is a tool used for safety, especially for kids who have to walk to and from school or take long bus rides to get home.
I am on the fence with it but I generally feel that having phones be allowed would cause more problems than they would solve. Given the rise of social media, we have to consider bullying.
Phones are generally a distraction and I agree they should not be permitted. They can be brought to school but should be turned off and kept in the locker or backpack.
The biggest reason that jumps out to me is cyber bullying. A child at my son's school was the victim of this just last year. Some female students took pictures of her changing in the locker room and sent it around to people in school. She ended up being so emotionally damaged from it, she dropped out of school.
I never liked the idea of them being in schools. The biggest being that it is a major distraction. I think only maybe 20% of the students had them when I was in school now over 90% of them do in most schools.