Free Articles  >>  Parenting >>  Page 17  >> 

Nipping School Cell Phone Use in the Butt

Cell phones are everywhere, and chances are that you have a special relationship with yours. The sad reality is, however, that more and more often, teens are bringing them into the classroom and setting the stage for a plethora of problems. Not only is cell phone use at many schools prohibited during school hours, but use of text messaging during class sets the stage for distraction from the tasks at hand, academic dishonesty, and even bullying. Depending on your school's particular policy, you may need to talk to your students about your own personal rules regarding cell phone usage in your classroom, even if you cannot change the rules about having cell phones on campus.

Disadvantages of Cellular Phones during School Hours

Although it is certainly debatable, cell phones have a lot of negative implications for use during school hours. As mentioned above, cell phones are (in a best case scenario) a distraction from the learning process. Most teens have one and stay "plugged" in 24/7/365. It is the first thing they reach for when they roll out of bed, and they stay hooked to it the entire day. This can present a real problem when your lecture on polynomials is being sidetracked by continual text messages popping up on their phones. Cell phones can also be used for the purpose of academic dishonesty when students' text answers back and forth to one another during a test. And in some instances, they are used for cyber bullying of other students in school, which opens up a whole new can of worms altogether.

District Rules

There is a wide variety of policies when it comes to cell phone usage. Some districts simply ban them altogether in all schools. Others may have a partial use policy that allows students to use their phones at certain times during the day, such as between classes or at lunch, while others may say that students may use cell phones only after school when communicating with parents about extracurricular activities. As an educator, you must be aware of the policies of your district and follow those guidelines.

In Your Classroom

Most school systems allow teachers to establish their own set of rules for their classrooms, as long as those rules don't impede any rules that have been set out by the board. In districts where the rules on cell phone usage during school hours are lax, you are well within your limits to disallow the use of cell phones in your own classroom. Like any other "toy", you do not have to allow your students to play while they are supposed to be engaged in learning. Set your rules and stick to them. Many teachers will confiscate the cell phone and turn it into the office if they catch a student texting or otherwise using the phone during the class period. Then the parent must come to school and retrieve the device. This is a great way to put a halt to the problem, as most parents are not too happy to make a special trip to school because their child was busy texting instead of paying attention - and thus parents are more willing to cooperate with your efforts to stave off this increasingly bad habit from their end.

No matter how you choose to deal with the cellular phone debacle, remember to set a good example. If students observe you texting often, then they are going to assume that it is okay to do so themselves. Monkey see, monkey do - so don't.
About Author Jennifer Dobson :

Jennifer Dobson is an early childhood educator and she invites you to visit her favorite online teacher supply store, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. It offers a huge selection of classroom supplies, teaching resources, and even furniture!

Article Source:
Article Url:

Article Added on Thursday, September 29, 2011
Other Articles by Jennifer Dobson

How to Successfully Prepare Your Child For Preschool Or Kindergarten
The first day of preschool or kindergarten can be quite stressful for a child. If they haven't been in any kind of daycare program previously, even the matter of being separated from their parents can cause a lot of anxiety. Setting out on their own to preschool or kindergarten represents a rather large step in a child's development, so it can be a good idea to help them prepare for it. With just a little bit of effort, you can do a lot to make this transition easier for your child. Keep Them...

7 Effective Strategies For Improving Communication With Parents
Communication between people who have a task to achieve is crucial. And what more important job is there than educating a child? It's a monumental undertaking, but fortunately, the efforts of a few improve exponentially when everyone is working together. Plain and simple: students will be much better scholars if parents and teachers communicate effectively. 1. It might sound like an obvious concept, but it's important to make parents feel welcome to speak with you about their child at any...

6 Easy Ways to Get Parents More Involved at School
Much of a student's success in school depends upon having parents who are supportive at home. The earlier a parent gets involved in their child's education, the better. One study shows that the three most important factors of parental involvement include: their perception about whether their child or school even wants them involved; how much they believe they can positively influence their child's education; and what is okay for them to do with and for their child regarding school. In addition,...

Cyberbullying What Can Teachers Do About It
With the prevalence of the Internet, the way that we communicate has changed. Young people are taking full advantage of text messaging, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, and email to communicate with their current friends and to reach out to new friends. And although most of the interactions between kids and teens online are positive, there are an increasing number of kids who use the Internet to intimidate, antagonize and bully others - which is known as electronic bullying or...

7 Essentials Every Teacher Must Have in the Classroom
Surviving the school year and getting the most out of the time that you have with your students is more easily accomplished when you have the classroom essentials needed to get the job done. Let's look at the essentials that every teacher must have in the classroom. Basic Supplies All teachers should have some basic supplies in the classroom for various projects that pop up during the year. And if you've been teaching very long at all, you already know that not all kids will come prepared for...

Tactful Ways to Talk to Parents About Failing Students
Staying in touch with your students' parents throughout the academic year is important, but it really takes on an increased significance as the academic period draws to a close and the student is at risk of failing your class. Parents may or may not be aware of a student's poor academic standing in your class if you do not make the extra effort to contact them because a student may be hesitant to discuss their failing with the parent. As an educator, you must develop and implement an ongoing...

How to Create a Positive Classroom Environment
A positive classroom environment yields positive students who are motivated to learn. Creating a positive classroom is not that difficult, but the rewards are immense and far-reaching. Many teachers find that their days have become ho-hum and boring and some of them dread their jobs. Perhaps your teaching job did not turn out as you had planned. No matter the reason for your displeasure, creating a positive classroom environment can improve your enjoyment of your job and the attitude of the...

How to Successfully Prepeare For Your First Year of Teaching
As a new teacher preparing to begin their first year of actually teaching, you likely have some butterflies floating around in your stomach and are anxious to get started. The student teaching experience goes a long way towards preparing you for your own classroom, but there are challenges that lie ahead in the real-world of teaching that can only be encountered by experiencing them firsthand. In fact, you'll be surprised to learn that much of the art of teaching is learned not from textbooks...

5 Tips to Get Funding For Teaching Supplies
Good teachers understand the importance of funding and resourcing. Unfortunately school budgets are often very tight and many teachers find that they are forced to purchase their own supplies throughout the school year. Raising extra money for educational supplies, resources, excursions or materials can be an important step towards enriching students learning experiences and enhancing the effectiveness of your own teaching methods and strategies. Here are five tips to help your school...

Top 4 Summer Teaching Jobs
Whether you are a new teacher who has not yet landed her first full-time position, or a seasoned, veteran educator who has been around the block a few times, a summer teaching job can be loaded with benefits for you. Teaching during the summer can be a great experience for you as a new teacher, while helping to fill up your dance card for the summer and keep you active. For teachers who already have a full-time position, taking on a summer teaching job can be rewarding by providing you with a...

Click here to see More Articles by Jennifer Dobson
Publishers / Webmasters
Article ID: 325066
DELINK URL from Authors Bio
REMOVE Article
Tell A Friend
Leave A Comment!
Download this article in PDF
Report Article!
Search through all the articles:

261 Users Online!!
Related Articles:
Latest Articles:
parenting >> Top 50 Articles on Parenting
Category - >
Advertising Advice Affiliate Programs Automobiles
Be Your Own Mentor Careers Communication Consumers
CopyWriting Crime Domain Names DoT com Entrepreneur Corner
Ebooks Ecommerce Education Email
Entertainment Environment Family Finance And Business
Food & Drink Gardening Health & Fitness Hobbies
Home Business Home Improvement Humour House Holds
Internet And Computers Kiddos and Teens Legal Matters Mail Order
Management Marketing Marriage MetaPhysical
Motivational MultiMedia Multi Level Marketing NewsLetters
Pets Psychology Religion Parenting
Politics Sales Science Search Engine Optimization
Site Promotion Sports Technology Travel
Web Development Web Hosting WeightLoss Women's Corner
Writing Miscellaneous Articles Real Estate Arts And Crafts

Disclaimer: The information presented and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the views of and/or its owners.

Copyright AwareINDIA. All rights reserved || Privacy Policy || Terms Of Use || Author Guidelines || Free Articles
FAQs Link To Us || Submit An Article || Free Downloads|| Contact Us || Site Map  || Advertise with Us ||
Click here for Special webhosting packages for visitors of this website only!
Vastu Shastra

Linux Web Hosting In India Provided By AwareIndia

Company IDS