In today’s technological world, cellular phones have become an integral part of day-to-day life. People of all ages rely on them for both communication and entertainment. However, some people disagree on whether cellphones are appropriate for certain places, such as the classroom. It’s important for parents, teachers and students to understand the detrimental effects of cellphones in schools. What is mobile phones? An electronic telecommunications device, often referred to as a cellular phone or cellphone. Mobile phones connect to a wireless communications network through radio wave or satellite transmissions. Most mobile phones provide voice communications, Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Message Service (MMS), and newer phones may also provide Internet services such as Web browsing and e-mail. As cell phones become increasingly prevalent among both adults and youth, many schools face an important question of policy whether or not to ban the phones on school grounds. Arguments both for and against allowing cell phones at schools tend to boil down to appropriate use and the effects of the phone’s presence. Educators looking to make a decision for or against phones in the classroom generally need to look at both the positives and the negatives about allowing such devices.
Mobile phones these days have become an inseparable part of our lives. They bring about a high degree of convenience and comfort to us. But the disadvantages of mobile phones should also be given some thought before declaring what a complete boon they are. They have negative impacts on a variety of fronts. Among the various disadvantages of mobile phones, we shall be specially examining the social, economic and health angles. Although they influence our lives greatly, the disadvantages of mobile phones are no longer insignificant to the extent that we can ignore them. For instance, there is even a unique phobia attached to being out of mobile phone contact is called nomophobia!
A student can improve themselves with the help of mobile phone, meanwhile, the same student can spoil their life ; deviate from their goal by mobile phone. It all depends on how they use mobile phones. So, in this post, I’m going to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of mobile phones for students.
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Mobile phones have become a widespread phenomenon in the present time. These pocket-sized tools are no less than a mini computer. They can do anything – from a standard phone call to surf the internet. Not just the adults, this technology is affecting the kids as well. But did you know what the harmful effects of mobile phones on children are? Today’s children are growing up in a radio-frequency environment that never existed in human history before. The radiation emitted by mobile phones and mobile phone masts can have adverse effects on children.
This is another major disadvantage of having a mobile phone by a student. Before these phones and technology, students spent plenty of time with their family. Now students spend their free time with the mobile phone, either playing games or chatting with friends via mobile phones. They have no idea about how much family is important in their life. Spending time with the family is one of the most important things for everyone and we can learn more good stuff when we freely talk with our family. So parents, at least, bring your kids together at dinner time and have your meals together on one table. A family chain is very important and tries to make them understand that.
Kids are always under pressure to do well in school. As a result, the occasional student may cheat on a test. Mobile phones are capable of more than just calling and texting. Students can easily gain Internet access through their phones during an exam. Additionally, they can listen to recorded information. This is facilitated by “exam cheat equipment” such as inconspicuous ear pieces that students can purchase online. With most smart phones featuring a fully featured Web browser, the potential for cheating has grown exponentially. Clever students can subtly look up the answers to test questions using search engines such as Google or online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia. While careful monitoring often eliminates this issue, the potential for mischief is still considerable. Most of the students indulge in exam malpractices and cheating during the internal and external examinations. Some make use of calculator while other store information in it. Some also use it to send objective answers to those in the examination hall. It can end the student’s career if caught. Cell phones offer a completely new way for students to cheat on tests and assignments. Students can text answers to each other while sitting in the same classroom. A student in a morning class can take a picture of the test questions with their phone/camera and text it to a friend who has the class in the afternoon allowing for more opportunities to cheat. A better policy is to just not allow cell phones in schools.
Based on the analysis, the next disadvantage would be health hazards due to mobile phone usage among students. In the recent years, there has been a lot of speculation about the impact of cell phone radiation on our body. Recent studies show that, within five minutes of waking up, 90% of people check their phones. Exposing your eyes to that kind of light in the day itself is harmful, but right after you wake up, when you can’t even make out what is what, it is extremely harmful. Even children who don’t own laptops, or sit in front of the computer, use cell phones for almost everything. This can only result in the next generation full of bespectacled teenagers.
A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association stirred the debate when it investigated the repercussion the mobile phones could have on the brain activity. The possible health hazards of mobile phones for children are as follows:
A. Non-Malignant Tumors:
The study has shown that children who use mobile phones have a possibility of developing non-malignant tumor in the brain and ear.
The WHO has classified cell phone radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’. Children absorb more than 60 percent of the radiation into the brain than adults. Their brain’s thinner skin, tissues, and bones allow them to absorb the radiation twice than the grown-ups. Their developing nervous system makes them more vulnerable to this ‘carcinogen’.
C. Effects On The Brain:
Scientists have discovered that just 2 minutes of the phone call can alter the electoral activity of the kid’s brain for up to an hour. The radio waves from the mobile penetrate deep into the brain, not just around the ear. The disturbed brain activity could impair children’s learning ability and other behavioral problems. It could even affect their mood and ability to learn in the classroom if they have used the phone during the break time.
Besides that, nowadays students also tend to involve in unwanted things due to high usage of mobile phones. In today’s world, mobile phones may change student’s habits. Mobile is very good for a student if they use correct way if they use as entertainment of playing a game then they may deviate from their goal. In this current world, mobile phones change students habit a lot. Through mobile phones you can search lots of good stuff, meanwhile, you can search lots of bad stuff as well. Nowadays almost all the students addicted to porn videos and some other porn activity websites. That’s really bad. This is why we can see lots of student with cigarettes and drugs. This is one of the major flaws in the rise of technology. Even I met lots of parents who got disappointed with their kid’s behavior. So I advise parents, please don’t allow your kid to use mobile phones if you find something bad on them.
Through mobile phones, you can search lots of bad stuff. Nowadays almost all the students are addicted to porn videos and some other porn activity websites. In the 21st century, the sexual activities and violent acts are considerably growing day by day. That is really bad. This is why we can see lots of students with cigarettes and drugs. This is one of the major flaws with the rise of technology. I met lots of parents who got disappointed with their children’s behavior. So I advise the parents, please don’t allow your children to use mobile phones if you find something harmful. Not only was that, before cellphones, bullying limited to physical or verbal abuse. Now, mobile phones can take pictures and videos, creating a trend called “cyber-bullying.” Students have used their phones to embarrass their peers or teachers. For example, students may record school fights and post them online. Teachers are not immune to the bullying. Kids might record their teacher losing his temper, then post it on sites such as YouTube. Common sense would dictate that these acts can be humiliating to the victims and harmful to the school’s reputation.
“What is seen as cyber bullying can vary between different cultures, and even among different individuals. In addition, cyber bullying, as a term, is not recognized worldwide. To address this, the study explored the issue by asking children about negative experiences they’ve had online – from their point of view (being called mean names, being teased, etc.). While such experiences may not be viewed as bullying by all who experience it, these behaviors may be considered by some as having potentially adverse effects,” noted the report. Use of cell phones can lead children to engage in inappropriate behaviors. Texting and sending inappropriate pictures is a growing problem with teens. The images go in the wrong hands, giving others access to the private photos. Children can also access pornographic sites from their multimedia devices.
Most of all, students tend to have lack of concentration and lose focus academic vice distractions in classrooms. This is directly related to the amount of time you can stay away from your phone. The longer you can stay away from your phone, the more you can concentrate on your studies. However, checking our phones every ten minutes or so for new notifications has almost become an instinct for us, and every time we check the phone, we lose our concentration. Although that one minute might seem insignificant, but the loss in concentration is very significant for productivity. Children, just like the teens, are addicted to mobile phones. They play games, chat and talk to their friends on their mobile phone all the time. Along with the school supplies, many students make their daily trips to their school with their mobile phones. They talk on the phone during the free time and send messages during the classes. Thus, they miss the lesson taught and fall behind the other students.
According to report published in the Daily Mail, a new study claims that heavy internet and mobile phone users are prone to lack of concentration and forget things easily. This also affects their awareness and eventually led to passive mind. Moreover, this also leads to weak focus and attention. Of course, use of technology has direct implication on education, be it positive or negative. If a teacher is using technology in the classroom, it will benefit a student. However, if a student chatting for long hours on phone, it will definitely leave a negative impact on him/her. Playing game is so enjoyable for a student that you cannot imagine. When students playing games on mobile phone, they don’t care about time that what time is, as they concentrate fully on the game. Most of the student playing the game in bed because that time there is no one for disturb. So they play in full mood till 2 or 3 in the early morning unless parents come and shout them to sleep. Some students like to chat on the bed with their friends in midnight. Chatting also makes them sleep at very late due to late sleep, they wake up on a late morning so that then starts their day on late. if they wake up by parents in the early morning then they suffer feeling sleepy & feel tried whole day. Next day they get tired which doesn’t make them concentrate on subjects. So, students must sleep as soon as finish their homework and dinner so that they would start next day with fresh and confident.
According to a report published in the Guardian, a research done by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, says: “Ill Communication: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Student Performance” found that after schools banned mobile phones, the test scores of students aged 16 improved by 6.4%. The economists reckon that this is the “equivalent of adding five days to the school year”. Majority of us are mobile phone users and it is important to be educated about the risks and benefits of mobile phone usage. While there are a number of disadvantages of mobile phones, their benefits ultimately outweigh the negatives as has been seen from the rising trend of mobile phone usage in the past two decades. Caution should be exercised when using mobile phones while driving and in offices and schools. However after taking into account all of these facts, it is easy to concede that mobile phones bring a whole new level of comfort to our lives. Thus, the disadvantages of mobile phones, while being highly significant, do not pose a serious threat to their existence.
Fueling the rumor mill: in the old game “telephone”, a message was whispered into the ear of a child who then passes that message on by whispering into the ear of the next child, and so on, until all students have heard the message. When the last person hears the message, he or she stands up and repeats the message to the rest of the class, finding much to his dismay that his final story bears little resemblance to the message as it began. Today’s “telephone” game is similar and texting messages can spread through students much faster, oftentimes setting off unnecessary and unfounded rumors and fears.To ensure schools provide clear policy advice on the use of mobile phones. Schools that allow the use of mobile phones must clearly and regularly advise students and parents/guardians of their expectations and policy requirements, including use during school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities. Mobile phone cameras (still and video) must not be banned spaces for example changing rooms, toilets, gyms and swimming pools, to film people and their activities without their knowledge or permission. Mobiles phones must not be used to send harassing or threatening messages.
Students should only use mobile phones when usage will not disrupt the normal school routine, have their mobile phones switched off and out of sight during classes. Students should only use their mobile phones before or after school, or during recess and lunch breaks, display courtesy, consideration and respect for others when using a mobile phone. Schools should discourage the use of mobile phones in the classroom unless they can be appropriately incorporated into the learning program. Then, inform students and parents that mobile phones are used at their owners’ risk and to take appropriate action against any student who takes photographs or films other individuals without their consent or who sends harassing or threatening messages especially students caught using a mobile phone in exams or assessments.
With easily accessible technology that cell phones offer, comes a whole new world of issues and problems for schools. If students leave their cell phones home and school boards create policies disallowing their use in schools, Pandora’s Box of cell phone problems will not be opened.