Cell Phone Jammers in Schools

Patricia Hawke

In Spokane, Washington, a school decided to install a cell phone jammer into the schools area to prevent students from texting or calling during class. The school has the cell phone jammer running for about a week until the FCC declared the jammer illegal because of the jammers possible interference if a student needed to use their personal cellular device for an emergency. What were schools thinking when they decided that blocking cell phone use out of school was okay without looking into FCC regulations?
 
Cell phones are becoming more and more commonly found in small children\'s book bags now a day. Parents feel safe knowing that their children can get a hold of them at any time of day and be in constant contact with their little ones. Whether the contact be through text messaging, calling or social networking, parents like the fact that their children can get a hold of them through the use of cellular devices.  The times have changed drastically, we went from not having much contact with people that are not physically around you, to having constant contact with everyone; everyone on your Facebook friends list, MySpace friends list, cell phone contact etcetera. Before it was a mere, “See you when I get home.” Or, “See you after school.” Now parents can call their kids at lunch, arrange meeting places, talk to the schools, their kids friends parents to arrange carpooling and so much more.
 
How did the school not realize that the FCC would not allow the cell phone jammer to be placed inside the school? The school had to have thought that in case of an emergency, how would student not inside a classroom call for help? The invention of the call phone has saved many lives because of emergency situations and people having their cellular device handy to call 911. What is more important preventing children from texting during class or preventing them from emergency situations because they have their cellphone?
 
It seems the schools and teachers are being lazy and want to rely on technology, the cell phone jammers, to do the job for them to prevent their students from texting during class. Should the teachers be responsible for making sure the students aren’t texting during class, calling, talking to the person next to them, doodling, day dreaming or in general being a distraction or not paying attention? Maybe the teachers need to step up their lesson plans and make leaning fun and interesting and also keep the kids interest by adding MORE technology into the classroom.
 
Today’s kids rely heavily on technology, use it on a daily basis and enjoy using it. If teachers integrated more technology into the classroom like laptops, online lessons, projects that included a lot of use of technology, the kids would be ore interested and be swayed from being distracted to their everyday cell phone because of the new technology they are being shown by their teachers. Bottom line is schools and teachers need to add more technology into the classrooms to keep up with the times and keep the children interested and challenged on a daily basis.
 
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