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Susan Wind is a college professor who has provided training to financial institutions all over the U.S. relating to cybercrimes. Her most recent program, Parents kNOwmore is working with schools all over the country, educating students, parents and faculty on social media awareness and cyber-bullying.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Aug 18, 2016
Could you imagine 20 years ago having a rule for a cell phone in school? Cell phones were not around back then and students never had access to phones in school (unless they went to the office to borrow a landline phone to call someone). Just last week, a Guidance Counselor told me that when students go to the office (to borrow a phone to call home) they are not sure how to operate the traditional landline phones. They have never even heard a busy signal before.
Today, the average child has a cell phone by middle school (6th grade) and if the school allows it, they will be in the student’s possession during the school day. This is a debatable topic, phones being allowed in school. I have asked hundreds of parents, teachers and administrators this exact question, should cell phones be allowed in school? Depending on who you ask, you may get a different response. Some of the arguments included:
This list can go on and on. This issue will not go away, especially with our high tech society, therefore schools are forced to create policies and rules for how cell phones can be used in the school setting. Depending on the parents, the PTA/PTO, and the school administration, this will dictate what types of rules are created. Policies must be established and followed in order to set a tone early on and enforce any type of consequences or disciplinary actions. Many of the rules that schools have in place today for cell phones in the classroom are as follows:
Many schools have a “no cell phone” policy at all! They believe that if there was a true emergency, the police would be notified by the administration or faculty of the school. Some would argue that the phones can be a disruption to the school and “the learning process”. As technology becomes more prevalent in our society, cell phones will be more accepted in schools nationwide. There are positives and negatives that go along with this new technology. The key is to have enforced policies within the schools and for each family to know the school policy. An internet filter, such as, Net Nanny®, will allow you to monitor your child’s online digital activities wherever it occurs. This visibility allows you to parent your child on proper phone etiquette at school, so you can correct any behavior that does not comply with school policy, prior to any disciplinary actions.