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Parents must monitor, control their children’s cellphone use in school

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Parents must monitor, control their children’s cellphone use in school As a consultant teacher in a local high school, I have the unique opportunity to be in a large variety of classes and to observe them from a different perspective. I typically stand or sit behind the students near the back of the class. One thing has become increasingly clear over the past few years: Schools are fighting a losing battle with cellphones. Students have ...

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November 12, 2012
5:55 a.m.

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To: Ben Pierson... you will never get the students to stop using their cell phones until you get the teachers to stop using theirs! I have observed teachers texting while their students take a test in class. I have observed teachers and other school staff members who, while on hall duty, are totally oblivious to students walking past them because they are busy talking or texting on their cell phones. I have observed staff texting all day long on their cell phones, while students are in their office/room. It's a losing battle because teachers and school staff members adhere by that old saying, do as I say, not as I do. Children learn from their parents... and teachers and other school staff members... and I guess what they're learning is that it's ok to use your cell phone in school because the teachers do! As for parents taking responsibility for their child's behavior, well there's nothing new there... many times I have observed parents on their cell phones while driving with children in the car and while walking through the grocery store with their children. How about those parents getting off the phone and talking with and focusing on their children! Now there's a novel idea... setting a good example for your children!

November 12, 2012
6:48 a.m.

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Ben Pierson - Many of us use pre-paid cell service, which does not provide an itemized bill and instead uses a debit system. Texting is included, and not part of a data plan. Many of these phones and pre-paid phone plans are inexpensive enough that a high school student could purchase their own. That is not to completely release parents from reponsibility, but to provide some context to your points.

November 12, 2012
7:28 a.m.

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Ben Pierson-The problem with American education is not limited to cell phone use. Our schools must have higher standards, mandatory math/foreign languages and go back to neighborhood K-8. Schools are not feeding stations. Too much of our teachers time is wasted on filing out State forms and on a bloated education bureaucracy. Maybe if kids were challenged in class they wouldn't have so much time for texting.

November 12, 2012
7:46 a.m.

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Ben Pierson,

It is simple and it is what I did with my daughter. I checked the online bill every day and if there were any outgoing texts other than lunch she would lose her phone for one day for every text. believe me, she learned real fast the time she lost her phone for 10 days. All it takes is parents to care enough and take the time to monitor their kids.

November 12, 2012
6:45 p.m.

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If a teacher sees these phones being used in class they need to be confiscated and can be picked up after school by a parent\guardian only. After parents have to make a few inconvenient trips to school to pick these phones up, perhaps the message will get across they don't belong there. After three times its confiscated for good. If a teacher is using them during class it's time for some disciplinary write-ups to go into their annual performance reviews. I've even seen some bus drivers use them while out on their routes! Fortunately there were no kids on the bus, but WTH is wrong with these people being so addicted to a cell phone? Time for some of these overpaid district admins to get a backbone and start making Students AND Staff toe the line.

November 15, 2012
7:55 p.m.

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No student cellphones allowed in school should take care of the problem; don't say it can't be done; step up and take the initiative; that said, God forbid (can I say God?) we offend anyone or deny their personal freedoms! Get some f.cking b.lls, school districts! Students are there to learn, not chat and text. No compromise, just do it!