There are pros to having a cell phone in school such as allowing students to make after-school arrangements, ensuring student's safety and allowing students to use the phone's camera for school projects; however, the cons include distracting students from learning, allowing students to cheat on tests or quizzes and offering students a chance to make bomb threats. A recent study showed that 68 percent of the students in grades 6-12 take cell phones to school.
Not all high schools allow phones on the school premises and some high schools have banned them completely. After-school arrangements can be made with the use of a cell phone when the student has an after-school activity or wants to stay late at the library. If a student wants to consult with a teacher on a homework project after school then a simple phone call to a parent can help to rearrange their schedule.
Parents also feel more comfortable knowing that if their teenager finds themselves in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, he or she can call home or dial 9-1-1 for help. Some phones even have GPS capability so if a student is lost, he or she can find the way back to school or home. To record field trips or school events, the camera on the phone is often used.
At the same time, students are often distracted by their cell phones in class and spend too much time on their phones. They can also cause problems for the school by creating bomb threats and calling emergency numbers in between classes. Unfortunately, some students will even try to cheat on tests and exams. Schools need to weigh both the pros and the cons before making a decision or implementing cell phone rules.