Smartphones can surf the web, providing high-tech ways for students to look for test answers online.Some models have advanced calculators, and depending on the software, may even be able to run custom applications that can contribute to academic dishonesty.Taking it one step further, a student can excuse himself to go to the washroom, only to use that time to send text messages about important questions.
Just to look at the statistics, a study from The Benenson Strategy Group in 2009 stated that 35% of students have used cell phones to cheat.Additionally, 41% of students admit to storing notes on phones to use during tests and 46% of teens admitted to texting friends about answers.There are many arguments against allowing cell phones in the classroom.When a child is in school, his or her purpose there is to learn.In some schools, it is the more privileged kids that own cell phones or that have the latest phone on the market.
This can lead to envy and cause socioeconomic diversity among students.
Given that nearly every cell phone these days has a built-in digital camera, it becomes too easy to take a picture of someone without the person even noticing.
These photos are also easily uploaded and shared over the Internet, social media or texted to friends.
Cell phones are becoming more and more advanced mini computers that allow students to access material at the click of the screen.
While most schools have filters and regulations to block out inappropriate material, with 48% of students looking up unsuitable sites, they can find a way around this.
The source of much public debate, the issue of whether to allow children and teens to bring their mobile phones to school has been discussed and debated at length across the country.