Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019
        
Cell phones are a major distraction to students’ education and are certainly tempting during direct instruction. However, there is a significant difference between unnecessary distractions and essential possessions. While cell phones may be used to access social media networks or to watch programs, the basic telephone was invented for the primary use of communication. Despite the intended purpose of these devices, the Horry County Schools District has decided to cut off network connection during school hours in hopes to minimise distractions. While this eliminates students’ ability to use their devices during instruction, it also influences many other problems to arise. For example, in terms of an emergency, students no longer have the ability to call home due to the loss of network. Furthermore, if a student has after school plans and is in need to get in contact with someone as to where to be at a specific time, they have no access to neither calls nor text messaging. While the school has telephones in case of an emergency, most parents have given their child a cell phone in preparation for any problems that may occur. These emergencies may just as well happen during school hours. Looking away from the typical high schooler’s perspective and to the parent’s perspective, imagine the sheer panic of not being able to get in contact with your child during an emergency situation. Next, not only is it an inconvenience for outgoing communication, but it is also taking a toll on the network connection on the personal computers given to students for the school year. This slows down class and students remain reportedly unable to use their phone as a second option for accessing the internet to complete their classwork. Even teachers are affected by this protocol, resulting in their computers to delay and instruction to stop. Technology is not only used for personal pleasure, but also for educational purposes. Having the network limited during school hours alternatively creates more problems than it solves. While many agree that cell phones are a distraction, the preliminary purpose of high schoolers having them is for a form of contact. This privilege has been taken away due to students abusing their rights with the devices. Although several students agree this situation should have been handled differently as even their education has been delayed due to the setback of networking. The students understand the county’s reasoning behind the fair actions, though the students ask for their voices to be heard on the downfalls of being unable to access the Wi-Fi network on the Horry County Schools campuses.

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