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Narrative Essay: Should Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools?

I do not believe that cell phones should be allowed in schools. I think they are distracting and make people okay with doing nothing. I also think they are stunting children’s social development, so here is why I think how I do.

I am still at school even though I leave next year, and even though I was not here when mobile phones started to be popular, I was here when they became more powerful than the games consoles we had 10 years ago. Every single person in my school has a cell phone of some description, and if they do not they are ostracized by the other kids as if they had some sort of disease. I have personally seen the look of horror and bewilderment of other children when one child claims to not have a mobile phone of any kind.

The situation I saw was with a young girl who had Aspergers and literally could not see what the big deal was. Ironically, a lucid and intelligent adult would have come to the same conclusion that the girl with high functioning autism did, but the children tortured her for days until her mother took her from school when she noticed chunks of her hair were missing.

Mobile phones are distracting

There are so many times I have seen my classmates play with their phones in class. There are people using them all the time and teachers are so dumb that they cannot see it. There are teachers who believe that children are following the text with their finger when they are placing the finger in their book. There are teachers who really believe that their students are just sitting there with their hands on their lap whilst they listen to the lecture. There are teachers so dumb that they think the looks of grizzled concentration from the student are because of the lesson and not because they are playing Farmville.

Stunting children’s social development

There are so many of my friends who ignore each other and play on their phone instead. I have seen groups outside where two people in the group talking were told to shut up so that they could all enjoy their phones in silence. I know for a fact that people can walk past without pants on and many students will not look up to notice.

Okay with being bored

If you have a few spare seconds then pull out your phone and start playing. That is the way my world has become and it is frightening. My friends are being trained to be pleasure seeking and lost without instant gratification.


The impact of cell phones in schools is nothing less than devastating. It is a shame that by the time people start studying the psychological effects of mobile phone in schools it will be too late because our society will have been taken over by a county with people who have better things to do than check Facebook updates every three minutes or plant crops in an imaginary field.

Contributors Bio

Contributor photo Lona Glenn
Los Angeles
Lona graduated from Los Angeles City College. While being a lecturer in several high school institutions Lona founded an online educational project Tutorsclass.Read more
Contributor photo Maria Castle
Davis, CA
I studied education and currently work as a tutor for school-age children. I've worked as a volunteer in many different international social projects and as a camp counselor every summer.Read more

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