In today’s technological world, mobile phones have become an integral part of day-to-day life. Both communication and entertainments are now fully relied on by people of most ages. Mobile phones these days have become an inseparable part of our lives. They bring about a high degree of convenience and comfort to us. However, there some people who disagree that mobile phones are appropriate for certain places, such as the classroom. It’s important for parents, teachers and students to understand the detrimental effects of mobile phones in schools. What is mobile phones? “It’s an electronic telecommunications device, often referred to as a mobile phone or cellphone. Mobile phones connect to a wireless communications network through radio wave or satellite transmissions. Most mobile phones provide voice communications, Short Message Service (SMS), and newer phones may also provide Internet services such as Web browsing and e-mail.” As mobile phones are now becoming highly prevalent among both adults and youth, especially students as many schools face an important question of policy whether to ban or not the phones on school grounds. Arguments both for and against allowing cell phones at schools tend to boil down to appropriate use and the effects of the phone’s presence. Teachers are looking to make a decision for or against phones in the classroom generally need to look at both the positives and the negatives about allowing such devices.
. But the disadvantages of mobile phones should also be given some thought before declaring what a complete boon they are. The negative impacts on a mobile phones may have given variety of fronts but we shall be specially looking in a look the social, economic and health angles. Although they influence the lives of current students greatly, the disadvantages of mobile phones are no longer insignificant to the extent that we can ignore them. For instance, there is even a unique phobia attached to being out of mobile phone contact is called nomophobia!
Yes, a student can improve themselves with the efficient help of mobile phone but the same student can spoil their life & deviate from their goal by mobile phone. Again, it all depends on how the students use mobile phones. So, in this report, I’m going to figure out the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of mobile phones to students.?
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Mobile phones have become a widespread phenomenon in the present time. These pocket sized tools are no less than a mini computer. Those mobile phones actually can do anything from a normal phone to reach in the internet. This technology is not only affecting the adults but kids as well. “But did you know what the harmful effects of mobile phones on children are especially students?” Today’s children are growing up with the radio-frequency environment that has never existed in the past generations before. The radiation emitted by mobile phones can have adverse effects on students.
This is another major disadvantage of having a mobile phone by a student. Before the presents of phones and technology, students spent quality time with their family. But nowadays students actually spend most of free time with the mobile phone, either playing games or chatting with friends via mobile phones especially in social media. They will not understand how important family is in their life. We can learn more good stuff when we freely talk with our family, spending time with family is important here. So parents, at least, must be firm towards your children to not use mobile phones even during dinner, and emphasize them to have a good dinner sitting in one table. A family chain is very important and this can make them understand that.
To do well in school, students are always under pressure. As a result, the occasional student may tend to cheat on a test. Mobile phones are capable of more than just calling and texting. Students can easily gain Internet access through their phones during an exam. Additionally, they can listen to recorded information. This is facilitated by “exam cheat equipment” such as inconspicuous ear pieces that students can purchase online. The potential for cheating has grown exponentially, with majority of smart phones are now featuring a full Web browser. The smart students can subtly look up the answers to test questions using search engines such as Google or online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia. For us to carefully eliminate this issue, we must monitor the potential for mischief is still considerable. During the examinations, most of the students indulge the exam malpractices and cheating. There are some students store information along the calculator they bring into the examination hall. Some also use it to send objective answers to those in the examination hall. It can end the student’s career if caught. Students now find a new way to cheat in the assignments and exams with the offer of mobile phones. They tend to discuss and share answers among others in the same classroom. Not only that, they can even take pictures of the examination question with the camera and send it to his or her friend who might sits for the exam later on, this leads them to have high opportunities to cheat. The best way is not to allow mobile phones in school compound.
Based on the analysis, the next disadvantage would be health hazards due to mobile phone usage among students. In the recent years, there has been a lot of speculation about the radiation impact of mobile phone in our body. Recent studies show that, within five minutes of waking up, 90% of people check their phones. The kind of light exposing in our eyes itself is harmful, but right after you wake up, when you can’t even make out what is what, it is extremely harmful. Even students who don’t own laptops, or sit in front of the computer, use mobile phones for almost everything. Bespectacled teenagers are to be seen in the next generation with this result if continuous. “A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association stirred the debate when it investigated the repercussion the mobile phones could have on the brain activity. The possible health hazards of mobile phones for students are as follows:” The Non-Malignant Tumors is the study has shown that children who use mobile phones have a possibility of developing non-malignant tumor in the brain and ear. Next, cancer the WHO has classified cell phone radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’. Students tend to absorb more than 60 percent of the radiation into the brain than adults. The radiation is twice than the grown-ups because their brain’s thinner skin, tissues, and bones allow them to absorb. Their developing nervous system makes them more vulnerable to this ‘carcinogen’. Now this also gives effects in the brain. The radio waves from the mobile penetrate deep into the brain, not just around the ear. Scientists have discovered that just 2 minutes of the phone call can alter the electoral activity of the kid’s brain for up to an hour. It could even affect their mood and ability to learn in the classroom if they have used the phone during the break time. The student’s learning ability and other behavioral problems would impair due to the disturbed brain.
Besides that, nowadays students also tend to involve in unwanted things due to high usage of mobile phones. In today’s world, mobile phones may change student’s habits. Mobile is very good for a student if they use correct way if they use as entertainment of playing a game then they may deviate from their goal. In this current world, mobile phones change students’ habit a lot. We can search lots of good stuff and through this mobile phones as well the students can sear for lots of bad stuff. Nowadays, almost all the students are addicted to porn videos and some other porn activity websites. Now you know, why we can see lots of student with cigarettes and drugs. This is one of the major flaws in the rise of technology and now that’s really bad. Even I met lots of parents who got disappointed with their kid’s behavior. So I advise parents, please don’t allow your kid to use mobile phones if you find something bad on them.
Through mobile phones, you can search lots of bad stuff. Nowadays almost all the students are addicted to porn videos and some other porn activity websites. In the 21st century, the sexual activities and violent acts are considerably growing day by day. That is really bad. This is why we can see lots of students with cigarettes and drugs. This is one of the major flaws with the rise of technology. I met lots of parents who got disappointed with their children’s behavior. So I advise the parents, please don’t allow your children to use mobile phones if you find something harmful. Not only was that, before cellphones, bullying limited to physical or verbal abuse. Now, mobile phones can take pictures and videos, creating a trend called “cyber-bullying.” Students have used their phones to embarrass their peers or teachers. For example, students may record school fights and post them online. Teachers are not immune to the bullying. Kids might record their teacher losing his temper, then post it on sites such as YouTube. Common sense would dictate that these acts can be humiliating to the victims and harmful to the school’s reputation.
“What is seen as cyber bullying can vary between different cultures, and even among different individuals. In addition, cyber bullying, as a term, is not recognized worldwide.” To confirm this, the study taken by this issue by asking students about negative experiences they’ve had online as from their point of view (being called mean names, being teased, etc.). “While such experiences may not be viewed as bullying by all who experience it, these behaviors may be considered by some as having potentially adverse effects,” noted the report. The inappropriate behaviors has lead students to fall into that category due to the use of mobile phones. Texting and sending inappropriate pictures is a growing problem with teenagers. The images go in the wrong hands, giving others access to the private photos. Moreover, students are able to access pornographic sites from their multimedia devices.
Most of all, students tend to have lack of concentration and lose focus academic vice distractions in classrooms. This is directly related to the amount of time you can stay away from your phone. The longer you can stay away from your phone, the more you can concentrate on your studies. However, students checking their mobile phones for every ten minutes or so for new notifications has almost become an instinct for them, and every time they check the phone, students tend to lose their concentration. The loss in concentration is very significant for productivity although that one minute might seem insignificant. Students do play games, entertain chatting and talking to their friends on their mobile phone for a long duration. Along with the school supplies, many students make their daily trips to their school with their mobile phones. Students tend to miss the lesson taught and fall behind the other students, just because their busy using their mobile phones and sending messages during the classes.
According to report Unknown. “Effects of mobile phones.” Daily Mail 2 Jan. 2016 published that a new study claims that heavy internet and mobile phone users are prone to lack of concentration and forget things easily. This also affects their awareness and eventually led to passive mind. Moreover, this also leads to weak focus and attention. Of course, use of technology has direct implication on education, be it positive or negative, It will benefit a student, if a teacher is using technology in the classroom. However, if a student chatting for long hours on phone, it will definitely leave a negative impact on him/her. The most enjoyable moment for a student you can’t imagine is playing games in their mobile phones. When students playing games on mobile phone, they don’t care about time that what time is, as their full concentration will be on the game. Many students then to play games especially during their one bed so that time there is no one for disturb. Some students like to chat on the bed with their friends in midnight. Some of them do sleep at late hours due to chatting that makes them to sleep late. With this, students tend to have difficulties to wake up in the morning to go to classes. Once sitting in the classroom, they get tired which doesn’t make them concentrate on subjects. So, students must ensure to sleep as soon as they are done with their homework and a quality dinner with family so that they would start next day with fresh and confident.
According to a report published in the Guardian, a research done by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, says: “Ill Communication: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Student Performance” found that after schools banned mobile phones, the test scores of students aged 16 improved by 6.4%. The economists reckon that this is the “equivalent of adding five days to the school year”. Majority of us are mobile phone users and it is important to be educated about the risks and benefits of mobile phone usage to students. While there are a number of disadvantages of mobile phones, their benefits ultimately outweigh the negatives as has been seen from the rising trend of mobile phone usage in the past two decades. However after taking into account all of these facts, it is easy to conclude that mobile phones actually brings out a whole new level of comfort to our lives especially to students of this generation. Thus, the disadvantages of mobile phones, while being highly significant, students please do not pose a serious threat to their existence.
As I conclude that “telephone”, a message was whispered into the ear of a child who then passes that message on by whispering into the ear of the next child, and so on, until all students have heard the message. When the last person hears the message, he or she stands up and repeats the message to the rest of the class, finding much to his dismay that his final story bears little resemblance to the message as it began. Today’s “telephone” game is similar and texting messages can spread through students much faster, oftentimes setting off unnecessary and unfounded rumors and fears. A clear policy advice should be published by schools on the use of mobile phones. Schools that allow the use of mobile phones must clearly and regularly advise students and parents of their expectations and policy requirements, including use during school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities. Mobile phone cameras must not be banned spaces for example changing rooms, toilets, gyms and swimming pools, to film people and their activities without their knowledge or permission. Mobiles phones must not be used to send harassing or threatening messages.
Students should only use mobile phones when usage will not disrupt the normal school routine, have their mobile phones switched off and out of sight during classes. Students should only use their mobile phones before or after school, or during recess and lunch breaks, display courtesy, consideration and respect for others when using a mobile phone. Students can be appropriately incorporated into the learning program if schools discourage the use of mobile phones in the classroom. Then, inform students and parents that mobile phones are used at their owners’ risk and to take appropriate action against any student who takes photographs or films other individuals without their consent or who sends harassing or threatening messages especially students caught using a mobile phone in exams or assessments.
With easily accessible technology that mobile phones is, it comes with a whole new world of issues and problems for schools. If students leave their mobile phones home, school boards create policies disallowing their use in schools, Pandora’s Box of mobile phone problems will not be opened again. That’s how I wish to conclude my analysis base on mobile phones among students.