Teenagers use cell phones in class every day. Teenagers may not be mature enough to use cellphones in class responsibly. There are students who use their phones for educational purposes, and so that their parents are not worried about them. However, that has nothing to do with using their phones in class responsibly. Teenagers are always on social media and playing games. They don’t want to pay attention in class and just want to go on their phones. Teenagers are easily distracted, they use cyber-bullying as an advantage, and they tend to cheat.
Teenagers are easily distracted and use their phones when they are not supposed to. Teenagers use their phones to go on social media and play games when they should be paying attention in class. In the article Pressure from parents caused more schools to allow cellphones, teachers try to limit the use of cell phones but the phones were still used for non-educational purposes. The article states “teachers tried to limit cell phone use to lunch and other non-instructional times. However, students were still playing games or on social media when they shouldn’t have been”. The Principal, Jim Freund, from Seymour High school, said: “I don’t think they have the maturity level to control it”. This article explains that teenagers are not mature to use cellphones in class because they are always on social media and are playing games in class when they should be paying attention. In a study, a scientist discovers that teens are easily distracted by behaviors that are rewarding. Some behaviors, such as texting or using social media, trigger the brain’s reward system. Once the teenage brain has linked a behavior to that reward, it continues to seek the reward again and again. That’s why teenagers are likely to opt for the reward of social media and video games when they should be studying and paying attention in class. Therefore, teenagers are not mature enough to use their phones responsibly because they use their phones when they are not supposed to.
Cell Phones and Cyber Bullying
Cell phones could be used for cyber-bullying. The actual reason why cell phones are still used in class is that they could be used for educational purposes. Phones could be used for access to information, and be used as a computer in a pocket. However, schools have other resources that are just as good, like computers and books. In the past when no phones have been created yet, students were able to learn just as fine. There really is no issue if the phone is taken away. Now that there is technology people are able to use it as an advantage, for the better and for the worse. Cyber-bullying has been a big issue in the past decade. Teachers hope that they know the children in their class well but sometimes they fail to do so. Cyber-bullying could be happening in their class without them knowing, just because cell phones are allowed in class. Cyberbullying can have very serious psychological, emotional, educational, and even monetary costs. Teenagers being their immature-self, may use cyberbullying to make themselves feel better. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying and bullying usually starts because of a personal issue. That personal issue may escalate to the point where the bully wants to make themselves feel better and as if they are able to control a situation. They want to stop their personal issue, but since they cannot they take their anger out on their victims. They use technology as an advantage and bully their victims. Therefore, teenagers are not responsible enough to use cell phones in class because they are immature and may cyberbully other students in the class.
Using Cell Phones To Cheat in Classroom
Teenagers tend to hide their phones and cheat to get high marks on tests. Cheating in today’s world has evolved. Technology makes cheating all too common and too easy. In the article Pressure from parents caused more schools to allow cellphones, it is explained that cheating and texting are able to increase because of cell phones’ capabilities. Superintendent Brian Garverick said: “When you have a device with capabilities of an iPhone, for example – and it’s not just in our district, it’s everywhere – you see an increase in cheating, you see an increase in texting during class”. This article is saying that cell phones could be used for cheating because of their capabilities. Students know that phones are to be turned off during quizzes or tests but they could hide them and use them to find the answers they need to get all the questions correct. Students cheat for many reasons, whether it’s to get high marks to get high grades, or to get the test over with. They use cell phones as they can get fast information and finish the test quickly. A whopping 35 percent of teens admit to using their smartphones to cheat on homework or tests, according to a Pew Research Center study. Sixty-five percent of the same surveyed students also stated they have seen others use their phones to cheat in school. This article explains that a high percentage of students use their phones to cheat in school. Teenagers tend to cheat by using their phones. Therefore, teenagers are not mature enough to use cell phones responsibly in class as they will cheat. If cell phones are taken away, there will be a decrease in cheating.
In conclusion, teenagers are not mature enough to use cell phones responsibly in class. Teenagers are easily distracted, use cyber-bullying as an advantage, and tend to cheat. Their brains want to do specific behavior that would be rewarding. That reward is on the phone and that is why they are easily distracted. They may also use cyber-bullying as an advantage for them, showing their immaturity and so they are not responsible enough to use cell phones in class. They will also cheat since the capabilities of the phones make it easy for them to do so. In addition, it is not an issue if cell phones are taken away and teenagers become less social as they talk more on social media. In the article Pressure from parents caused more schools to allow cellphones when a strict ban was imposed “students have reported getting more work done in study hall and the cafeteria has grown louder as students talk to one another more”.
The article explains that students don’t need their cell phones and they get more work done. Whether it’s outside of class or inside the classroom, more work gets done and more students talk to each other. Teachers will not have to worry about if the children in their class are not sociable and don’t have communication skills. This shows that students don’t need cell phones and they become more social without it. To sum it up, teenagers are not responsible enough to use cell phones in class.