Schools are divided when it comes to cellphone usage and the policies on cellphone use in schools differ from school to school with many favoring cellphone use for kid's safety and others believing that cellphones are distracting. There are typically written cellphone policies for students at schools and the issue is settled by the school.
For those people who believe that children should have access to cellphones at school, they are concerned that without cellphones the children will not have any way to contact outside help. Many children must walk home from school or take a bus and their parents want them to be able to call them or the police for help should they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
For those people who believe that children should not have access to cellphones at school, they are concerned that with cellphones the children will be unable to learn. They will have the distraction of texting friends. These individuals are also concerned that with recording options, such as photo and video, the students can possibly cheat on exams. The access to the Internet on smartphones also poses the problem of cheating while taking an exam. It is also known that some children use cameras and video cameras on their phone to record embarrassing moments of other students. These are then shared online and promote cyber bullying.