Prohibiting Cell Phones in College Classes

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In today’s society, people are being introduced to never-ending technology developments; the use of cellular phones is triggering a lot of debate in universities all over the United States. In a recent survey by Tindell and Bohlander (2012), over 97 percent of college student carry their cellular phones to class and use their cellular phones during lectures. Although cellular phones are prominently useful there have been a number of ramifications, which must be recognized within universities. Lectures are being interrupted. Texting is being used for cheating among college students. Undesirable pictures are being taken of students in dorms or at parties. In the past, cellular phones were primarily intended for security, emergencies, and …show more content…
For example, social studies students studying elections can quickly determine percentages of electoral votes or other scenarios. Science classes can use them to perform calculations related to fieldwork (“Colleges,” para.3).
Cellular phones can be used as a great security tool; however, college students should know that safety and security is a prime priority at universities across the country. There are many efforts being made to make sure that college students are safe on campus. With that said, it’s only in the lecture halls that is causing concern and distractions for professors and students. So, turning off your cell phone while in a lecture hall would not make a student feel any less safe. There are many emergency procedures that professors are trained and educated on. Cellular phones are convenient for many college students, but students who attend universities constantly have access to a phone in the lecture halls in case an emergency shall arise. Although cell phones might not physically harm students, they do have the capability of mentally harming a student. The law enforcements had to intervene at a school in Milwaukee because a bunch of students involved in a fight implemented their cell phones to call in additional students to help fight. Cell phones are now being referred to at that school as “tools of violence” (Carvin, 2007). If a policy is enforced banning cell phone use in classrooms, then teachers will also respect the rules as

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