What are some pros and cons of electronics in school?


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The positives of electronics in school include offering peace of mind, instant answers, access to more information and a range of music and social learning while the negatives include harmful exposure effects, cyberbullying, inappropriate material and promotion of disconnection. Most schools now allow students to bring electronics to school, although they regulate the use of the devices while on school grounds.

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Electronics can be beneficial in schools and classrooms because they can provide peace of mind for parents. Parents like to know that their children are safe at school and to know that, in the case of an emergency, their children can easily contact them. The electronic devices can also help students get instant answers and to research more effectively when they are curious about things. Students have a large amount of information available to them when they have access to electronics, which enables students to learn more effectively.

The cons for electronic use in schools and classrooms include the problem of video screens in front of students' eyes; screens can tire young eyes. Additionally, inappropriate materials can be found online, and some students may be able to access these materials while at school, despite school monitors. The material can then be shared, encouraging bad behavior. Electronics can also make cyberbullying accessible to all students at school. Students have the ability to cyberbully while being physically present with the person they are bullying. This leads to a unique form of humiliation and hurt for some students, which is difficult to discipline and stop.

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