Smart move for Smart Phones: Lock ’em Up! California School Locks up Students’ Cell Phones after Finding they’re too Distracting

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Lower grades, intellect stifled: cell phones have no place in the classroom. There is a heated debate, with some school administrators saying separating students from their cell phones is causing them anxiety.

In this digital age, handwriting isn’t even being taught at some schools. Teachers themselves are guilty of being glued to their phones, playing Angry Birds or Bejeweled all day.

Cell phones have no place in the classroom. Period. Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, texting. This is not what kids go to school to learn how to do. For once, a California school is taking the reigns on this one, and requiring students to lock up their phones during school hours.

“We could walk into a variety of classrooms, and kids would be on their cellphones anywhere from 5 seconds, checking a text, to 30 to 45 minutes at a time,” Adam Gelb, assistant principal of San Mateo High School, told NBC Bay Area. “You’re here to learn. You are here to work with your teachers and students, and we started getting away from that because of these devices and how addictive they can be.”


When did it become normal for children to have their phones on during class in the first place. I remember getting my walkman taken away DURING LUNCHTIME once. The principal said it wasn’t allowed, even during lunch. That was the only time I was ever in any sort of trouble.

Phones were to be turned off during class. It’s called being polite, and following the rules. Is it the teachers, who want to constantly be connected to their social networks, or is it the students as a collective whole who started this practice?

Still, there are some who think this is a bad idea:

Larry Rosen, a research psychologist at California State University, said young people constantly check their phones to alleviate anxiety. They are anxious about staying on top of things, and that anxiety will build up if they are forced to ditch the devices cold turkey, he added. Taking away phones doesn’t work for everyone, he argues.
Instead, he believes “technology breaks” are a much happier medium.
Giving students a few minutes between lessons to check their phones helps dispel a lot of the anxiety, he said. If a student is focused on what he’s missing out on, then he’s not going to be focusing on the teacher, Rosen said.
“I would caution this school that one of the ramifications of this policy is that you’re activating anxiety in your students, which may backfire,” he said.

Here we go with that anxiety thing…

Being without their phones for an hour while attending a class is too stressful?? Give me a break. Welcome to the real world, kids. You think having your cell phone at your side every second of the day is going to fly in the real world?

Lunchtime and breaks in between classes should be sufficient to catch up on texts, Tweets and your Instagram makeup tutorials. If you’re not going to school to learn, may as well stay home and hope to become a YouTube star.

A student can look up answers on their phone during a test. A student can listen to music, watch movies, do anything besides listen to the teacher’s lesson plan. I think this is a smart move in the age of smart phones.

Lock em up.

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