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Faceoff: Should Kids be Allowed to Use Cellphones in the Classroom?

Faceoff: Should Kids be Allowed to Use Cellphones in the Classroom?

Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor, Trent University, magdahavas.com

No: As a university professor I forbid students using their cell phones in my classroom as this prevents them from providing their full attention to the lesson.  Talking to neighbors during a lecture and/or using your cell phone for texting or browsing the internet or even having your cell phone ring during a class can disrupt other students as well as the teacher and is a sign of disrespect.

Using a cell phone in a school setting has another disadvantage.  Cell phones emit microwave radiation and even low levels of this type of radiation can be harmful to the body.  Radiation is emitted even when you are not using your phone unless you have it in airplane mode with the Wi-Fi turned off.

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