Argumentative Essay on the Use of Mobile Phones in Schools
The use of mobile or cell phones in learning institutions, specifically schools, has elicited debate and bitter arguments, not only in the United States of America, but in the world as a whole. While part of society has supported the use of cell phones in schools, the other part has opposed their use bitterly. Mobile phone manufacturers, such as Apple and Samsung, have targeted students as their main market and thus they have designed various models with lots of features(what features mention it?)in order to attract them. Despite the fact that the use of mobile phones by students in schools can be used positively and constructively in order to enhance their learning, the same technological devices can be utilized negatively, which distracts them and their teachers and in turn disrupts the learning process. For instance, whilst the students can use mobile phones positively by accessing or downloading important academic materials from the worldwide web, the same can also be used to get access towards destructive pornographic(Change the pornographic to something else like distraction: talking to friends all the time- playing games- youtube-twitter-facebook… ) contents from online sources thus destroying students’ morals. There are various reasons as to why mobile phones should not be used by students in schools and other learning institutions through giving tangible evidence. There are various arguments from critics calling for the use of mobile phones in schools by the students( make the thesis more simple if you want to change it its okay. ). Mobile phones should not be used in schools and other institutions of learning as the students can misuse. Despite the fact that the current mobile phones are well equipped with other additional features like email, Short Messaging Services (SMS), MP3 players, radio, blue tooth, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and cameras, students have tended to misuse them through cyber bullying (Mention more about (harmful/depression / suicide/)) whereby they hurl insults and write vulgarity to harm other students through social platforms like Facebook and twitter. This misuse is bound to happen given the fact that research has indeed indicated that fifty four percent (54%) of young people poses cellphones on each given day (write reference [name,date]). Statistics show that thirty eight percent (38%) of young people have experienced cyber bullying and twenty five percent (25%) of teenagers have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones (put reference 1 and 2 on the red color down). Sadly, statistics also show that at least half of teenage suicides are related to bullying (reference 3) . Students should not use cell phones in schools due to the fact that they cause considerable distractions during class time. For instance, some student in class may have a loud or funny ringtone that disrupt learning whenever one receives a call or an SMS. This happens because some students forget to switch off their phones and as a result, they make a lot of noise during class time that eventually disrupts the normal learning process. It is a known fact that for any successful or meaningful learning to occur, then the learning environment should be freed from barriers that can hinder effective communication between the teachers and the students (Ahmed, et al 2010). Such barriers include among them noise emanating from people, animals and even mobile phones and it is due to this fact that the use of mobile phones in the school environment by students should never be accepted (Ahmed, et al 2010). Another reason why mobile phones should never be accepted in schools is the fact that their use has been known to hinder the retention of learnt knowledge by the students (reference). It has been established that some of the students have become addicted to the use of mobile...
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