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2. majorities say mobile phones are good for society, even amid concerns about their impact on children.
Across the 11 countries surveyed, people’s attitudes toward mobile phones tend to be largely positive. In most of the countries, a large majority say mobile phones have been good for them personally, and many also say mobile phones positively impact education and the economy. Mobile phone users also overwhelmingly agree that their phones help them to stay in touch with faraway friends and family and keep them informed of the latest news and information.
At the same time, people’s positive attitudes are paired with concerns about the impact of mobile phones on certain aspects of society – and especially their impact on children. In eight of these countries, a majority of the public says that the increasing use of mobile phones has had a bad impact on children today. And when asked about the potential risks of mobile phone use, majorities in every country say people should be very concerned that mobile phones might expose children to harmful or inappropriate content.
I think mobile phones have made the world like a global village. MAN, 24, KENYA
Overwhelming majorities say mobile phones have been more positive than negative for them personally
In nine of these 11 countries, majorities also say mobile phones have had a positive impact on society. But in most countries, people report less enthusiasm about the societal impact of mobile devices than about their personal impact. For example, while 82% of Jordanians say mobile phones have mostly been good for them personally, just 53% express positive views about their societal impact. And in Colombia, Tunisia and Mexico, there is at least a 10-percentage-point difference between shares who see the personal benefits of mobile phones and those who see the society-wide benefits.
Regardless of the type of mobile phone people use – basic, feature or smart – most have similar views about how their lives and societies have been impacted by their devices. 9 Across all surveyed countries, basic or feature phone users are just as likely as smartphone users in their country to say mobile phones have mostly been a positive thing for them personally. And in all countries but Mexico, similar shares of smartphone users and those with less advanced devices say the societal impact of mobile phones has mostly been good. In Mexico, where smartphone use is relatively low compared with other countries , smartphone users are somewhat more likely than basic or feature phone users to say the impact on society has been mostly positive (77% vs. 69%).
But there are some differences between mobile phone users and those who do not use a mobile phone at all. In five of these 11 countries (India, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico and South Africa), mobile users of any kind are more likely than non-users to say that mobile devices have had a mostly positive impact on society.
Mobile phone users have mixed views about upsides and downsides of their phones, are especially divided over whether they ‘couldn’t live without’ phones
In every country surveyed, mobile phone users are more likely to say their phone is something that frees them rather than something that ties them down. At least 63% in five countries (Kenya, Vietnam, Venezuela, South Africa and the Philippines) characterize their phone as something that frees them, whereas users in other countries are somewhat more ambivalent. For example, while 46% of Jordanian mobile phone users say their phone frees them, 25% say it ties them down, and 21% volunteer that neither statement holds true. In Lebanon, 40% of mobile phone users say their phone frees them, compared with 30% who say it ties them down.
“It’s like the mobile phones become your partner. WOMAN, 40, PHILIPPINES
Across the 11 countries surveyed, mobile phone users are somewhat more divided when it comes to whether their phone helps save them time or makes them waste time. In seven countries, larger shares say their phone helps save them time. Kenyans are especially likely to see their phone as a time saver; 84% of mobile phone users say their phone saves them time, compared with 14% who say it wastes their time. Venezuelan (71%), South African (65%), Indian (64%), Vietnamese (63%), Tunisian (54%) and Colombian (50%) phone users are also more likely to say that phones save them time rather than waste it. But mobile phone users in Jordan and the Philippines generally believe they waste more time on their phones than they save, while Mexican and Lebanese phone users are roughly evenly divided in their assessments.
Mobile phone users are even more divided when assessing their reliance or lack thereof on their mobile device. In six countries – Mexico, Colombia, India, the Philippines, Venezuela and Vietnam – around half or more see their phone as something they don’t always need. But in five others – Jordan, Lebanon, South Africa, Tunisia and Kenya – users are more inclined to say they couldn’t live without it.
In some instances, people’s perceptions of the necessity of their mobile device is not linked to their assessments of its utility in other aspects of their life. For instance, a majority of Venezuelans say their phone is something that frees them and helps them save time – but just 29% say they couldn’t live without it. Conversely, a majority of Jordanians say they couldn’t live without their phone – even as they are more likely to describe it as a time waster rather than a time saver.
Consistently, smartphone users tend to be somewhat more critical of their device than basic or feature phone users in their country. For example, in every country smartphone users are more likely than basic or feature phone users to say their phone makes them waste time. And in all countries except Lebanon, smartphone users are more likely to say their phone ties them down rather than frees them.
There are also prominent and consistent differences by age. In every country surveyed, mobile phone users ages 50 and older are significantly more likely than users ages 18 to 29 to believe their phone helps them save time. The age gap is particularly notable in Vietnam, Tunisia and Colombia, where the shares of older adults who see their phone as a time saver surpass those of younger adults by at least 27 percentage points. And, while it is true that younger adults use smartphones and social media at higher rates than older adults, in every country but India these age differences persist even when accounting for age-related differences in usage.
Users largely agree mobile phones help them maintain long-distance communication, stay informed about important issues
When asked about a variety of ways in which mobile phones might affect their day-to-day lives, users across the surveyed countries generally agree that mobile phones have mostly helped them keep in touch with people who live far away and obtain information about important issues. But there is less consensus when it comes to mobile phones’ impact on people’s ability to earn a living, concentrate and get things done, or communicate face-to-face.
In general terms, communication is much more efficient. You are more interconnected, [whether] with your relatives or with world affairs. MAN, 26, MEXICO
Large majorities say their phones have mostly helped them stay in touch with people who live far away. A median of 93% across the 11 countries surveyed express this view, whereas a median of just 1% say mobile phones have hurt their ability to stay in touch. Majorities also say their mobile phones have helped them obtain information and news about important issues, ranging from a low of 73% in Vietnam to a high of 88% in Kenya. And only small shares (from 1% to 6% of users) indicate that phones have hurt their ability to do this.
In all 11 countries, smartphone users are significantly more likely than basic or feature phone users to say their phone has helped them obtain news and information. The difference is particularly prominent in Lebanon, where 83% of smartphone users say the impact has been positive, compared with 26% of non-smartphone users. And in Jordan, smartphone users are much more likely than non-smartphone users to say their phone has mostly helped them obtain information (83% vs. 44%).
Less consensus over whether mobile phones help users earn a living, concentrate or communicate face-to-face
Across the 11 countries surveyed, there is less agreement about whether mobile phones have helped people earn a living. Majorities of users in nine countries say their phone has had a positive impact on their livelihood – ranging from 55% in Tunisia to 81% in Kenya – while Jordanians and Lebanese most commonly say that mobile phones have not had much impact either way on their ability to make a living. Still, few people see mobile phones having a negative effect. Even in Jordan and Lebanon, nearly four-in-ten say the impact has been favorable.
There is less consensus among mobile phone users that their devices have helped them to concentrate and get things done. Majorities in eight out of 11 countries say mobile phones have mostly helped them concentrate and get things done. But notable shares in the Philippines (30%), Lebanon (18%) and India (16%) say mobile phones negatively affect their concentration.
In some instances, these attitudes are related to the type of device users carry – although this relationship varies by country. Smartphone users in five out of 11 countries – Lebanon, India, Jordan, Colombia and Venezuela – are more likely than other phone users to say their phone helps them concentrate and get things done, while there are no differences based on smartphone usage in the other six countries surveyed. This pattern is particularly salient in Lebanon, Jordan and India, where smartphone users and non-smartphone users differ by at least 10 percentage points.
These findings echo the concerns raised by some focus group participants (see Appendix A for more information on how the groups were conducted). Some respondents noted how mobile phones bring distractions and shorten their attention spans, leading people to commit basic errors or not complete work because of the attention paid to their devices. In every group held in the Philippines, for example, at least one participant brought up that she had burned the rice she was making because of her focus on her phone.
Because I was busy texting my client, my rice got overcooked. WOMAN, 40, PHILIPPINES
Lastly, majorities of users in eight countries say their mobile phones have helped their ability to communicate face-to-face – but notable shares in many countries say that impact has been mostly negative. In particular, 35% of Lebanese phone users say mobile phones have hurt their ability to communicate face-to-face.
In focus groups, some lamented that more and more people prefer virtual communication enabled by mobile phones and other technologies to face-to-face interaction. A few participants across the four countries where focus groups were conducted also pointed out similar trends among children and young people.
People meet less because of their phones; people use telephones to express themselves to avoid face-to-face discussions. MAN, 23, TUNISIA
Because these questions center on people’s personal relationship with their device, they were only asked of those who own or regularly share a mobile phone. For those who reported not using a phone at all, a different set of questions were posed: How do mobile phones, in general, shape people’s ability to stay in touch with those far away, to obtain information, and so on? Broadly, non-users’ impressions of the impact of mobile phones tend to mirror the ways users feel about their own devices. The vast majority of non-users feel that mobile phones help people stay in touch with those who live far away, but smaller shares think they help people to concentrate and get things done or communicate face-to-face.
Majorities in most countries say mobile phone use has had a good impact on education, but fewer see positive impacts on children, health, morality
Publics in the 11 nations polled view mobile phones as having a range of positive and negative consequences when it comes to their broader impact on their country and its society. Most notably, a median of 67% – and around half or more in every country – say the increased use of mobile phones has had a good influence on education. Slightly smaller majorities say the increased use of mobile phones has had a good influence on the economy (58%) as well as on their local culture (56%).
Few in these countries say mobile phones have had a good impact on children today
My kid’s always on his phone, and every time I address him he just nods while on his phone. WOMAN, 46, MEXICO
Across all dimensions measured in the survey, publics in the 11 countries are most negative about the impact of mobile phones on children. Nowhere does a majority feel that mobile phones have had a good influence on children. And in eight countries, majorities of the population say that mobile phones have had a bad influence on children today. Residents of the three Middle East and North African (MENA) countries surveyed are especially downbeat about mobile phones in this regard: 90% of Jordanians, 86% of Lebanese and 81% of Tunisians say mobile phones have had a bad influence on children in their country.
People also focus on the negative impacts of mobile phones on physical health, morality
In addition to the impact of mobile phones on children, health and morality stand out as particular areas of concern. A median of 40% – and clear majorities in Lebanon (71%), Jordan (69%) and Tunisia (63%) – say the increasing use of mobile phones has had a bad influence on people’s physical health. Some focus group participants expressed similar sentiment by commenting that excessive screen time, phone “addiction” and lack of physical activities were potential health-related challenges.
Meanwhile, a median of 34% say mobile phones have had a positive impact on morality, similar to the share who say the impact has been negative. As was the case with children and health, Lebanese, Jordanians and Tunisians hold the most unfavorable views in this regard. Roughly a third or more in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa also say mobile phones negatively affect people’s morality.
Phones also give us much more room to conceal things. MAN, 42, MEXICO
As noted above, publics in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia stand out in their overall negativity toward mobile phones on these aspects of society. But other countries are conspicuous for having relatively positive attitudes in this regard. Kenyans, in particular, offer especially upbeat assessments of mobile phones. Half or more Kenyans feel that mobile phones have had a positive impact on each of these aspects of society, with the exception of children today (just 28% of Kenyans say mobile phones have been good for children). South Africans and Filipinos are also relatively positive about most areas surveyed.
In most countries, there are no differences between smartphone users and non-users – nor between social media users and non-users – when it comes to people’s views about the impact of increasing mobile phone use on children. But on other questions there is more variation between users and non-users. For instance, in six out of 11 countries larger shares of social media users than non-users say the increasing use of mobile phones has had a good influence on their nation’s politics. This includes all three MENA countries in the survey. Conversely, in eight of these 11 countries larger shares of social media users than non-users say mobile phones have had a bad influence on family cohesion.
Concern is widespread about the risk that mobile phones might expose children to immoral or harmful content
Meanwhile, the prospect of users losing their ability to communicate face-to-face is the item of least concern in each country. In only two countries (South Africa and Colombia) are a majority of adults very concerned about declining face-to-face communication skills as a result of mobile phone usage.
Among these 11 countries, Colombians rank in the top two most-concerned about all of these issues. Other countries that rank in the top two most-concerned on particular issues include: Mexico (identity theft and online harassment); Jordan (phone addiction and impacts on children); South Africa (exposure to false information and losing the ability to talk face-to-face); and Tunisia (phone addiction).
Beyond these country-specific differences, concerns about mobile phone use exhibit few consistent or substantial differences relating to gender, age, phone type or social media usage. Notably, concerns about children are widespread across multiple groups. In most instances, men and women, older and younger adults, and social media users and non-users express similar levels of concern about the impact of inappropriate online content on children.
Additionally, men and women in most of these countries are similarly concerned about harassment and bullying – a noteworthy contrast to the gender-related differences often seen in surveys of online harassment among Americans. For example, a 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 70% of women in the U.S. said online harassment was a “major problem,” compared with 54% of men.
It is relatively common for mobile phone users to limit the amount of time they – as well as their children – spend on their phones
“Sometimes I try to use [my phone] less, but it only lasts for two or three days and then I come back to the daily rhythm. WOMAN, 21, TUNISIA
In all 11 countries surveyed, smartphone users are more likely than non-smartphone users to say they try to limit the time they spend on their mobile phone. These differences are especially prominent in Vietnam (where 46% of smartphone users and 24% of non-smartphone users have done this) and Colombia (66% vs. 45%). And in 10 of these countries, larger shares of mobile phone users who also use social media say they have tried to limit their phone use relative to those who do not use social media.
As was true of limiting their own screen time, parents’ efforts to limit the time their child spends on his or her phone also differ by the type of phone they themselves own. 11 Smartphone-owning parents whose child also uses a mobile phone are more likely than parents with more basic phones to say they have tried to limit their child’s screen time in nine of these 11 countries. Indeed, this gap reaches double digits in nine of these 11 countries – and is as high as 22 points in Vietnam and Jordan.
Parents’ efforts to limit their child’s mobile phone use are also related to their concerns about the negative impacts of mobile phone use (such as online harassment or children being exposed to immoral content). In nearly every country surveyed, parents who say they are very concerned about at least five of the six issues tested are more likely to try to limit their child’s mobile phone use relative to those who are very concerned about two or fewer of these issues. The only exception to this trend is Jordan, where similar shares of highly concerned and less-concerned parents say they try to limit their child’s mobile phone use.
“You should be the one limiting your child. It’s up to you to make ways to be able to limit the problems that you encounter. That’s why even if my child is very interested with gadgets, he is consistently in the honor rolls … I make limitations.” WOMAN, 38, PHILIPPINES
It is common for parents to monitor their child’s mobile phone use, and notable shares monitor the phone activity of their spouse or partner
Among parents whose child or children use a mobile phone, a median of 50% say they ever monitor what their child is looking at or doing on the screen. But some variation exists across these countries. In Jordan, Colombia and Mexico, for example, clear majorities of parents do this, compared with 37% of parents in Vietnam and 38% in India.
Parents who use a smartphone are generally more likely to say they monitor their child’s phone usage than parents who use a basic or feature phone. This trend is seen in 10 out of the 11 countries and is especially prominent in Jordan and Vietnam, where smartphone users differ from other phone users by 30 percentage points each.
Parents’ likelihood of monitoring their child’s phone use also differs by their own social media presence. Parents who use social media and messaging apps in each country are more likely than parents who do not use social media platforms to say they monitor content on their child’s phone.
Monitoring of mobile phone activity also extends to marriages and romantic relationships
In all countries surveyed, it is less common to monitor a partner’s phone activity – although notable shares of those with a spouse or partner report doing so. 12 Among those whose partner or spouse uses a mobile phone, a median of 26% say they ever monitor their partner’s phone use. In the Philippines, this behavior is somewhat more common; 38% say they monitor their partner’s phone.
In most countries surveyed, younger adults are more likely to monitor their partner’s phone than older adults in their country. This trend holds even after accounting for the fact that younger adults are generally more likely than older adults to use smartphones or social media. In 10 countries, smartphone users ages 18 to 29 are more likely to say they monitor their partner’s phone activity than smartphone users ages 50 and older.
There are also notable gender differences when it comes to monitoring the phone activity of their significant other. In five of these 11 countries (Jordan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Mexico and Tunisia), larger shares of women than men say they ever monitor what their partner does on the phone. India is the only country surveyed where men are more likely than women to say they keep an eye on their partner’s phone.
When a guy commented on my post, my husband got jealous about it. WOMAN, 27, PHILIPPINES Talking from a married point of view, I think it’s brought a lot of mistrust. If my data is on at 10 in the night and someone sends something on WhatsApp, it’s always suspect. Who’s texting at 10? My husband is often suspicious. WOMAN, 32, KENYA
- Throughout this this report, mobile phone users include those who say they own or share a mobile phone. ↩
- In the survey, questions about parents and children were asked of all respondents. The results reported here were recalculated to exclude those who volunteered that they do not have any children, and/or that their child or children do not have a mobile phone. ↩
- The survey did not ask what type of phone the respondent’s child or children use. ↩
- In the survey, questions about spouses and partners were asked of all respondents. The results reported here were recalculated to exclude those who volunteered that they do not have a spouse or partner, and/or that their partner does not have a mobile phone. ↩
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82 Cell Phone Essay Topics & Examples
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- On Becoming a Cell Phone Junkie Although I must admit that cell phones have earned their merits as essential tools of existence in the new millennium, I do not subscribe to the idea that my life should depend on it.
- Should drivers of automobiles be prohibited from using cellular phones? Although all have the right to utilize the technology to the maximum, the situation or the environment that one is in significantly determines whether he/she has the right to use it. Use of cellular phones […]
- The Use of the Cell Phone While Driving Indeed, many of the culprits of this dangerous practice are teens and the youth, ordinarily the most ardent expressers of popular culture in a society.
- An Analysis of the Use of Cell Phones While Driving The first theory is the theory of mass society, and the second theory is the theory of the culture industry. The theory of mass society states that, popular culture is an intrinsic expression of the […]
- The Dangers of Using Cell Phone While Driving The authors further note the subsequent increase in the count of persons conversing on cell phones while driving unaware of the risks they pose to themselves and their passengers.
- Should People Be Banned From Using Cell Phones When Driving? Why or Why Not? Many people have blamed the cell phones to the current high increases in the number of road accidents witnessed worldwide, while others argue that the use of mobile phones while driving is not wholly to […]
- Drivers of Automobiles Should Be Prohibited From Using Cellular Phones While Driving When a driver is utilizing a hand-held or hands-free cellular phone at the same time as driving, she or he should dedicate part of their concentration to operating the handset and sustaining the phone discussion […]
- A Theoretical Analysis of the Act of Cell Phone Texting While Driving The past decade has seen the cell phone become the most common communication gadget in the world, and the US has one of the highest rates of cell phone use.
- Banning cell phone use in moving vehicles Of course, some people will disagree and say.”Use of cell phones while driving is the same as talking to a passenger in a car”.
- Is Using Cell Phone Dangerous? Research has further shown that “the side of the brain that is exposed to the ionizing radiations from the cell phone metabolizes more glucose than other parts that are not exposed to it”.
- Why Some People Choose Not to Carry Cellphones Thus, most of the times people who do not want to be victims of robbery go about their daily activities without their cellphones in order to limit their vulnerability to robberies.
- Use of Cell Phones in Public Schools and Should Cell Phones Be Allowed in Public Schools The following themes are included: the patterns of cell phone use in public schools; the benefits and drawbacks of using cell phones in class; the Massachusetts cell phone policy; and possible methods to solve the […]
- Drivers Use of Cell Phones While Vehicles Are In Motion Should Not Be Prohibited However, many scholars and government agencies have argued that, the use of cell phones while driving “increases the risk of traffic collisions, property damage, injuries, and fatalities” This concern however, has made many policymakers to […]
- Cell Phone Magnifier Market Cell phone manufacturers are now taking advantage of the exploding market of the aging Baby Boomers. Cell phone magnifiers are meant to cater for the needs of a special segment of the mobile phone users.
- The effect of cellphones and internet on teenagers From one point of view, it is possible to see that texting and using other features of a cell phone have become detrimental, but at the same time, there are some advantages to the communication […]
- Can Cell Phones Close Digital Divide? On the other hand, there has been concern as to whether, radiofrequency energy from cell phones pose a cancer risk to cell phone users.
- Analyzing Smart Blackberry Cell Phone The quality of services it renders the users and the advancement of its features will form the feasibility study in the aim of trying to compare it with related computerized mobile devices.
- “The Cellphone: The History and Technology of the Gadget That Changed the World” by Guy Klemens In order to bring the reader into the same level of understanding, the author has tackled the introductory topics on the bandwidth and radio systems and how the latter two concepts influenced the development of […]
- The Cellphone: the History and Technology of the Gadget that Changed the World This paper reviews the book The cellphone: the history and technology of the gadget that changed the world by Guy Klemens.
- Cell Phone Industry in the USA Cell phone industry is indeed one of the most developed sector in the modern world considering the fact that, cell phones are currently in use in almost all parts of the world.
- Effects and causes of cell phone Usage Among male It will specifically determine the various factors that may cause the use of cell phones among the male students, and how the use can affect the students in the several possible ways ranging from psychological […]
- Cell Phone Usage at Al Ittihad Model School Among Male Students After the finalization of data entry from the selected samples, the next step will be analysis of the data using descriptive statistics to determine the accuracy of the research objectives and hypotheses.
- Chinese-American Cell Phone Price Negotiations Some of the benefits of having a third party intervention are to create an enhancing environment and a platform of communication between the two parties.
- Economic analysis of the cell phone oligopoly Generally, the ability of the firm to dominate the market and have probability of control is determined by the economies of scale.
- Innovations in the Cell Phone Industry and Sustainability The cell phone industry makes products that are friendly to the environment and develops mobile applications that can help in enhancing environmental sustainability.
- Cause and Effect of Cell Phone Usage Among High School Students from U.S. and Middle East A stratified random sampling will be used to divide the classes into strata from which a simple random sample of 20 students will then be selected from each class following the respective classes’ register which […]
- Cell Phone as an Indispensable Companion It has brought a variety of innovative things for the user and to a substantial extent affected the way people relate in the globe.
- Technology Issues: Cell Phone Effects My claim is that cell phones have no impact on people’s health because it is supported by a number of researches, in particular on the psychological influence of cell phones on pregnant women and the […]
- Technologies: Amateur Film vs Cell Phone Photography An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the two forms of photography concludes the paper. Cellphone and film cameras have apertures that regulate the quantity of light passing to the sensor and film, respectively.
- Are Cell Phone Dangerous? Among the first ideas to consider, the one that manifests the use of cell phones as the most logical phenomenon and the key feature of the XXI century is the fact that cellular communications are […]
- Cell Phone Use in Driving and Recommended Policies Auditory, when on phone, drivers shift their focus to the sound of the phone instead of listening to the adjoining atmosphere on the road.
- Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal’s Health Effects Therefore, the authors of the study come to the conclusion that there is no connection between the risk of the development of tumors and the exploitation of cell phones.
- Digital Cell Phone Inc.’s Regression Analysis By taking a look at the trend in sales of the past 36 months I was able to apply the least square regression method and come up with the following equation which would allow me […]
- The Supreme Court Saves Cell Phone Privacy From the article, it is clear that the government advanced an argument that police officers need to be given the power to search cellphones because of the long-established exception to the Fourth Amendment, which makes […]
- Cell Phone Use While Driving: Policy Analysis Therefore, in a public policy debate, proponents of regulation would argue that per capita healthcare savings and resulting QALY measures are significant enough to justify a ban on the use of private cellphones in driving […]
- Cell Phone Use and Driving: Mian v. City of Ottawa However, the judge considers the disclosure of the disciplinary records to be irrelevant to the case. However, the Crown specifically stated that the disclosure of these records is not relevant to the case without O’Connor’s […]
- Technology Impact: 24 Hours Without My Cell Phone I use my laptop extensively as I am a student and do most of my academic work with the help of this tool.
- Trends in Cell Phone Market: Data Collection In the constitution, the act of law provides the right of privacy, which may be used to bar data collectors from data access.
- Cell Phone Trends in China, Japan, the US In the research for the demographical differences for the substantial usage of technology in China, Japan, and the United States, it will be necessary to ask the question: “what are the driving forces that entice […]
- The Prepaid Cell Phone Industry The propensity of usage in the US industry is relatively high and the related industries that are associated with the mobile market are also attaining benefits from the rise of the prepaid cell phone industry.
- Prepaid Cell Phone: Design and Development for AT&T As per field experts, a product is an item that can be put up for sale in the market for grabbing the attention, achievement, utilization, or consumption and would be capable of meeting the needs […]
- Customer Loyalty in Prepaid Cell Phone Industry The main business focus should be on customer retention and continuous buying by customers, hence in the end organizations will ensure customer satisfaction.
- Cell Phone Industry – Worldwide Maturation This is why one as an entrepreneur in the prepaid cell phone industry will have to develop some strategies to cope up with the pressure including satisfying the ever growing population that is using the […]
- Ban on Drivers Cell Phone Use However, truck drivers are known to have accidents for a number of other reasons also and will we see laws that ban the movement of trucks.
- What Makes Ultimate Cell Phone Cover Different From Other Products? The device is conveniently clear which makes it possible for the user to browse the different features of the device with ease.
- Cell Phone Use and Our Ability to Build Quality Interpersonal Relationships To be more precise, using a cell phone may have a positive effect on many relationships but, of course, only if the cell phones are not used inappropriately or excessively.
- Cell Phone Unlocking in the USA Phone unlocking is now a thing of the past in the United States of America. If the infringement of this law was done for commercial gain, it is considered a criminal act and is associated […]
- Go Kase: Cell Phone Cases Distribution Channels On the other hand, the amount of advertising is so significant now that it is challenging to reach the required customers and get them to buy a product.
- Cell Phone Industry: Apple, Samsung, and Huawei Most significantly, the model culture at Huawei reveals the broad global culture practiced in the company internally and across all its various offices and locations. The regulation of the system comes from the people and […]
- Cell Phone Privacy and the Constitution In this chapter, the authors investigate the concept of privacy and whether government employers’ warrantless searches may be considered reasonable and justified.
- Cell Phone Information and Investigation In conclusion, cell phone data can give a lot of information to the investigator about the cell phone owner, who can then simplify the investigation process.
- Importance of Development of the Cellphone In the process of product development, it is highly recommended for MM distribute cell phones among a small group of potential consumers and ask them to provide feedback on it.
- How to Control Mobile Phone Addiction?
- Why Is Cell Phone Radiation Harmful?
- Should Cell Phone Usage Improve Our Social?
- Why Has the Cell Phone Become a Staple in Modern World?
- How Do Cell and Cell Phone Impact Modern Education?
- Should Cell Phone Use Be Allowed While Driving?
- Are Cell Phone Laws in the U.S. Effective in Reducing Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers?
- Why Is Cell Phone Ban a Bad Idea?
- Should You Worry About Cell Phone, Cellular Antenna, and WI-Fi Device Radiation?
- How Did Cell Phones Have to Impact the World?
- Does Cell Phone Make People’s Lives Bring Lots of Harmful?
- How Has Cell Phone Use Become a Subculture?
- Are Handheld Cell Phone and Texting Bans Effective in Reducing Fatalities?
- How Might Cell Phone Money Change the Financial System?
- Are Modern People Computer and Cell Phone Addicted?
- Can Cell Phone Cause Brain Tumors?
- Should Cell Phones Be Allowed to Use in Classroom?
- What Does Cause Cell Phone Radiation and How Does It Affect Your Body?
- When Will Society Hang Up on Cell Phone Rudeness?
- Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones Should Be Mandatory Nationwide?
- Is It Possible to Have a Negative Impact of Mobile Phone Use on the Average per Capita Share in the Short Term?
- How Does 4G/3G/2G Switching Work?
- What Is the Relationship Between the Mobile Phone Usage Pattern and Financial Decision?
- How to Measure Mobile Phone Radiation in Poultry?
- What Are the Mobile Phone-Based Applications Useful for Agricultural Research?
- Are There Any Adverse Effects of Radiation From the Mobile Phone Towers?
- How Are Students Using Mobile Phones for Learning?
- Are We Becoming a Mobile/Smartphone Driven Nation?
- Can Mobile Phones Transmit Diseases?
- What Are Some of the Problems Caused by Mobile Phones?
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Debate on Mobile Phones for Children | Is Mobile phones Good or Bad
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The world of communication changed by leaps and bounces with the introduction of cellular phones, commonly known today as ‘mobile phones’. These live up to the true sense of term and serve as portable communication hubs. We can walk with it anywhere and talk.
There is no wore or any other form of entanglement. This mobile phone was a huge step in bringing the world closer. However, there are two schools of thought – one who consider it a boon to mankind and the other group who are of the strong opinion that mobile phones do more harm than good.
Mobile phone was designed as a tool for communication and it serves that purpose really well. In addition to that, with the development of microprocessors and Integrated circuits, mobile phones have been embedded with other functionalities like music, camera, etc.
The advent of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Technology has made it possible to include almost all the functionalities of a computer into the tiny piece which can be carried in our pockets.
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Advantages of Mobile Phones
Mobile phones give us the freedom to talk without any wires. Wireless technology is the future of communication. It gives us the advantage of talking to anyone we like at any time and at any location. We don’t need to go to a phone booth or stand near the telephone to talk to someone. This also boosts our privacy and makes conversation more secure to intrusion.
Even the police can be summoned if situations of that sort are faced with. Parents can take a breath of relief with their kids leaving home without them. A mobile phone will always keep them up to date with their whereabouts and make sure that they are not in any trouble.
Mobile phones support Short Messaging Service (SMS) through which text information can be dispersed. This has made broadcast of crucial information much more easy.
One can send data like numbers, names, technical details, etc through text messages if the person is not available to talk.
Because of the support of Internet on mobile phones, literally, the world has come to the reach of our palms. We can read news anywhere and about anything in real time.
Instantaneously, news reaches us. This helps in connecting the world strongly and also in making us more aware of our surroundings. Important information, like weather report and news about storms, earthquakes, etc can be dispersed in no time.
Because of a variety of applications, colloquially known as ‘apps’ that help know a variety of things, we need not refer to books for knowing things. All information about any topic can easily be retrieved using the World Wide Web on mobile phones. This facilitates in the better transmission of information and knowledge and helps in the prosperity of education, science and research.
Today, mobile phones also support Electronic Book (e-book) functionality which allows us to load large and cumbersome volumes and anthologies of books in to single mobile phones. This negates the need to carry large, heavy and inconvenient books with us all the time when we can carry an entire library in the grip of our palms and at the push of a button.
Disadvantages of Mobile Phones
With all these advantages that mobile phones have given us as boons, there still exist some disadvantages just like with anything else in the world. Just as mobile phones have shortened distances making the world a global village, speaking from a social standpoint, it has also distanced human beings from one another. Today we talk with friends and relatives on phones.
We greet them birthday and festival wishes through phones. Meeting people and talking in real-life has taken a dip. This fuels the unsociality and slowly we lose our own identity as an individual. We get scared to interact and talk with new people in real life. Advancements in mobile technology have enabled features like video chatting, social networking, etc has only boosted this unsocial attitude that we have domesticated.
Because of the increasingly growing features of mobile phone, people from all age groups have started using it so much so that it has reached a level of an addiction.
Nowadays, it is extremely difficult for an individual to live without his smartphone for a few hours. This, as per physiologists have shortened the brain’s response time and made us impatient making us hungry of instant gratification.
Children who are constantly glued to their mobile phones have their eyes affected by the harmful rays that can lead to loss of vision as well as blindness. These harmful rays are also found to affect the behavioral patterns of an individual by causing significant nervous damage.
Scientists have also found that holding mobile phones close to our ears causes the radio waves to pierce through our bodies that has long term ill-effects and can even result in various forms of cancer.
In the recent past there have also been several cases of explosion of mobile phones. Being electronic items, it is not at all fool proof and the battery used in it might explode anytime causing severe damage and burns, not only to the person possessing the phone but also to the bystanders.
Thus, from the above discussion, it is clear that mobile phones have its advantages as well as disadvantages. But it offers us various facilities that far outweigh its vices.
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Gemma is sick of being ignored while Sam is on his phone. They discuss the pros and cons of being constantly connected.
Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and follow the instructions to practise your speaking.
Gemma: What are we like?! Sam: What do you mean, ‘what are we like’? Gemma: I mean … look at us! We’re here, we’ve met for coffee and a ‘chat’ and we’re not even talking to each other. Sam: Hang on … What did you say? Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Gemma: ‘What did you say? Sorry, I didn’t catch that.’ Er … maybe that’s because you’re not listening to me! Sam: Yeah, yeah, sorry. I was just sending a message. I was multitasking! I’m with you now. Gemma: Yeah, but I don’t think you can send messages and talk to someone in real life at the same time! That’s my point. The real-life person should come first. Don’t you think? Sam: Er … yeah, but sometimes you just need to send a quick message. I don’t think it’s rude. In fact, I think it’s rude to ignore messages, actually. Gemma: Yeah, I suppose so. You’re right in some ways … but for me, the biggest disadvantage of having a mobile phone is that we’re constantly being distracted from what’s happening in the real world! Sam: Yeah ... but in a good way. You can carry on what you’re doing, and you can keep up with your friends at the same time. Gemma: Yeah, there are a lot of advantages … but when you’ve got one of your best mates sitting right in front of you, maybe it’s time to switch off? Sam: You mean … actually switching off our phones right now? Gemma: Shall we? What do you think? Sam: Er, OK. It’ll give me something to post on Facebook later. Gemma: Yeah, come on! Honestly, we haven’t had a good chat in real life for ages. Sam: All right – you’re absolutely right. Gemma: OK! Brilliant. On three then! Gemma and Sam: One … two … three … off! Sam: Wow! We did it. Gemma: That didn’t hurt too much! Sam: Not yet. Gemma: I’ve got a plan! Let’s just leave them off until we finish our drinks. Sam: Yeah, that might be a good idea. Gemma: We’ve just got to focus on the advantages! It feels so weird knowing no one can contact me. Sam: Yeah, it does … but I like this feeling of freedom. I’m going to keep mine off all day. Gemma: Wow. Really? Now that is something to post on Facebook. ‘Sam survives a whole day without his phone!’ … Gemma: What are we like?! Sam: What do you mean, ‘what are we like’? Gemma: I m___ … look a__ us! We’re here, we’ve met for a coffee and a ‘chat’ and we’re not even talking to e___ o____. Sam: Hang on … What did you say? Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Gemma: ‘What d__ y__ say? Sorry, I d____ c____ t___.’ Err … maybe that’s because you’re n__ listening t__ m__! Sam: Yeah, yeah, OK, sorry. I was just sending a message. I was multitasking! I’m with you now. Gemma: Yeah, but I don’t think you can send messages and talk to someone in real life at the s____ t____! T____ my point. The real-life person should come first. D____ you t____? Sam: Err … yeah, but sometimes you need to send a quick message. I don’t think it’s rude. In fact, I think it’s rude to ignore messages, actually. Gemma: Yeah, I suppose so. You’re r____ in some ways … but for me, the b______ disadvantage o__ having a mobile phone is that we’re constantly being distracted from w____ happening in the real world! Sam: Yeah ... but in a good way. You can carry on what you’re doing, but you can keep up with all your friends at the same time. Gemma: Yeah, there are a lot of a_________ … but when you’ve got one of your best mates sitting right i__ f____ o__ you, maybe it’s time to switch off?! Sam: You mean … actually switching off our phones right now? Gemma: Shall we? What d__ y__ t____? Sam: Er, OK. It’ll give me something to post on Facebook later. Gemma: Yeah, come o__! Honestly, we haven’t had a good chat i__ r___ l___ for ages. Sam: All right – you’re absolutely right. Gemma: O__! Brilliant. On three then! Gemma and Sam: One … two … three … Sam: Wow! We did it. Gemma: That d____ hurt t__ m___! Sam: Not yet. Gemma: I__ g__ a plan! Let’s just leave them off until we finish our drinks. Sam: Yeah, that might be a good idea. Gemma: We’ve just got to focus o__ the advantages! It f____ s__ weird knowing no one can contact me. Sam: Yeah it does … but I like this feeling of freedom. I’m going to keep mine off all day. Gemma: Wow. Really? Now that is s________ to p___ on Facebook. ‘Sam survives a whole day without his phone!’
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Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cellphones in School
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Overview | Can cellphones serve as effective instructional tools in the classroom? In what ways can the use of mobile technology support and strengthen curriculum? What are the drawbacks? In this lesson, students learn about innovative uses of cellphone technology and applications in the developing world, then explore how their phones can be used as learning tools.
Teachers | Do you use cellphones in your classroom? If so, how? If not, why not? Tell us.
Materials | Computers with Internet access and cellphones (optional); research materials and copies of handouts
Warm-Up | Take an informal survey of students’ use and possession of cellphones by asking the following questions and calling for a show of hands: How many of you own a cellphone? How many of you don’t? Why?
Share the results of the recent Pew Internet Research Study , which found that 71 percent of teens (compared to 77 percent of adults) owned cellphones in early 2008. Ask: Do you think this is an accurate number today, or do you think the usage and ownership has gone up in 2010? Why?
Next, have students engage in one or both of the following exercises:
Option 1 Ask students: How are cellphones used, and how can they be used, in our society today? In a large group, ask them to brainstorm about the various possible uses for cellphones. You may want to provide the following categories, and perhaps split the class into small groups, each one tasked with brainstorming about cellphone use in one of the categories:
- Communication and social networking
- Information seeking and sharing
- Entertainment and leisure
- Personal business and banking
- Entrepreneurship, business development and marketing
- Creativity and the arts
- Education and learning
Invite students to rely on their own experience or observations as well as imagine creative ways of using cellphones in all of these areas. (Can they think of any other major categories for cellphone use?) When brainstorms are finished, have students share their ideas. Ask: In the past couple of years, what are the most innovative ideas for cellphones that you have come across?
Option 2 Engage students in a discussion about your school’s cellphone rules . Ask: What are the rules? What is the reason or philosophy behind them? How do they see students using cellphones in school? If cellphones are banned, how would they like to use cellphones in school? How are the rules enforced? Avoid getting into a debate over the rules at this point.
Finally, ask: Do you think cellphones will continue to be banned in some schools in a year from now? Five years? Ten? Why or why not?
Related | In “Where a Cellphone is Still Cutting Edge,” Anand Giridharadas examines the innovative and empowering uses of cellphones in developing countries, compared with the United States:
A recent report by the World Economic Forum and Insead, the French business school, concluded that Americans rank below 71 other nations in their level of cellphone penetration, even though they lead in other areas of connectivity. Some Americans are not connected at all. Millions of others are beyond the phone, so to speak: though they own one and use it, they also own other devices, and the phone is not be-all-end-all. But it is from Kenya to Colombia to South Africa — the kind of places that have built cellphone towers precisely to leapfrog past the expense of building wired networks, which have linked Americans for a century. In such places, cellphones are becoming the truly universal technology. The number of mobile subscriptions in the world is expected to pass five billion this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union, an intergovernmental organization. That would mean more human beings today have access to a cellphone than the United Nations says have access to a clean toilet. And because it reaches so many people, because it is always with you, because it is cheap and sharable and easily repaired, the cellphone has opened a new frontier of global innovation.
Read the entire article with your class, using the questions below.
Questions | For discussion and reading comprehension:
- In what direction is the United States moving with cellphone development? How is this different than what developing countries are doing? Does this surprise you?
- What statistics about cellphone use does the article provide? What does this suggest?
- Why is the cellphone seen as a “new frontier of global innovation”?
- List some of the innovative ways in which cellphones are being used worldwide in the following categories: communication, banking and community building.
- Why does the reporter see an “innovation gap” between the rich and poor countries of the world? Is there a way to close this gap?
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Activity | The cellphone has been described by some educators as a modern Swiss army knife, with the potential to be used as a tool for many and varied educational and learning activities. Here are two possible ways to get students thinking about this potential: holding a debate and trying out a way to use cellphones in class.
Debating the Use of Cellphones in School
Have students engage in a debate on the pros and cons of using cellphones in school . They should delve into questions of policy, cost, usefulness and innovation along with the potential for mischief, distraction and cheating.
Direct students to use the Times and other resources listed above to research their assigned side. They might also look at statistics about cellphone use, like BigTime Wireless’s Ten Eye-Opening Cellphone Infographics and the International Telecommunications Union’s Cellphone Statistics from Around the World .
Other useful sites about technology and learning include Tech & Learning , The Innovative Educator , Suite 101: Teaching & Technology SimpleK12 and Living in the 4th Screen , along with the Times blogs Gadgetwise , Bits and Pogue’s Posts . (These are also good resources for teachers who are interested in learning more about how they can integrate cellphones and other technology into their teaching.)
Give students copies of the handout Debatable Issues (PDF) to organize their research and arguments.
Using Cellphones for Teaching and Learning
Here are subject-area ideas for incorporating cellphones into your instruction . See the related resources and other links above for more ideas.
English Language Arts: Students write keitai shosetsu or cellphone novels , a popular form of mobile storytelling in Japan . Each installment should have a 1,000-character or 70-word character limit, and students should be guided to think of this type of storytelling as the 21st century serial flash novel. Their stories can be uploaded using Text Novel or Twitter . When the story is complete they may also wish to submit it to Cellstories , a site that publishes mobile fiction for smart phones.
Students might also use our Student Opinion queries What Would Your Favorite Fictional Character Tweet? and Can You Write a Tweet Story? as jumping-off points for using mobile phones for creative writing.
Mathematics: Students draw up a list of possible daily-life scenarios in which they could use a cellphone to make calculations, then use them to do so. Or students use their phones to do calculations like restaurant tips, taxes on basic items they buy like orange juice and converting cellphone use statistics to percentages. Students can send a math-based question they are struggling with to ChaCha , a mobile-based search engine. An archive of math questions is available here .
Social Studies: Students create a city guide for their town, or any chosen city in the United States, using Google SMS. Students can study characteristics of a city or town and get information like population, weather, business listings and even movie showtimes by texting GOOGLE (466453). A detailed lesson plan is provided by The Innovative Educator . Or they might use cellphone technology to create maps for visitors and locals.
Students work in groups to create surveys about a current events topic and invite their classmates to respond via cellphone text-messaging. Text the Mob is a polling service that projects polls or message boards on a large screen. Viewers can instantly submit their input via their cellphones and see the results instantly.
And students studying current events can pick a topic of interest and create a cellphone distribution list to send related alerts via text-message. As news develops, they can send alerts to members of the group using TextMarks .
Science: Instead of writing research reports, students create educational podcasts on science or health topics with their cell or home phones using Gabcast , a service that allows users to record podcasts using their phones. The podcasts can then be uploaded to blogs or other multimedia sites.
Research: The University of Pittsburgh’s Ask a Librarian service enables students to receive answers to questions via SMS (265010). ChaCha //search.chacha.com/is another mobile-based service that answers questions using guides or experts. Standard messaging rates apply.
Journalism: Students take pictures using cellphone cameras, then upload them to their newspaper Web site or a site like Flickr where they can add captions and invite viewers. They can also create a news blog using a service like Blogger or WordPress , then set up an email account to which they can send news reports from anywhere using their mobile phones , including photos, that would automatically get posted to the blog.
Student reporters can poll the student body on topical issues using Pollanywhere.com , which allows anyone post a poll or multiple-choice questionnaire that others can complete using cellphone SMS.Polls for up to 30 participants can be created for free.
Fine Arts: Students use their cellphones to create digital artworks . They might look at Jorge Colombo’s iPhone sketches for The New Yorker as inspiration. Or they might invent creative ways of incorporating cellphones into the performing arts, including music and dance , as well as photography .
Going Further | Invite students who engaged in the debate to convert their ideas into a presentation, school newspaper editorial or open letter to administrators, arguing for or against the use of cellphones in school. You might have students present their ideas in an open forum, in a school space or online, for other members of the community to comment on.
Students who used cellphones in the classroom might write reflections on the experience.
Alternatively, students work in groups and develop ideas for a mobile phone application that can be used for education or for the betterment of society in general. They might, for example, come up with ideas for using cellphones to address poverty and homelessness, natural disasters, traffic or health.
Standards | From McREL, for Grades 6-12:
Technology 1. Knows the characteristics and uses of computer hardware and operating systems. 2. Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software programs. 3. Understands the relationships among science, technology, society and the individual. 4. Understands the nature of technological design. 5. Understands the nature and operation of systems. 6. Understands the nature and uses of different forms of technology.
Behavioral Studies 1. Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity and behavior. 2. Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership and different ways that groups function. 3. Understands that interactions among learning, inheritance and physical development affect human behavior . 4. Understands conflict, cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups and institutions.
Arts and Communication 1. Understands the principles, processes and products associated with arts and communication media. 2. Knows and applies appropriate criteria to arts and communication products. 3. Uses critical and creative thinking in various arts and communication settings. 4. Understands ways in which the human experience is transmitted and reflected in the arts and communication. 5. Knows a range of arts and communication works from various historical and cultural periods.
Business Education 30. Understands the impact of information systems and technology on business and society.
Geography 16. Understands the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources. 18. Understands global development and environmental issues.
Life Work 2. Uses various information sources, including those of a technical nature, to accomplish specific tasks.
Thinking and Reasoning 1. Understands and applies the basic principles of presenting an argument.
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In my opinion I think that cell phones is a very good idea to use in the class room. For example in my school we use smart boards and there is a website that we use to take polls on what the students in the class think and we debate to see why that reason is and etc. Another thing that i have noticed is that a cell phone now-a-days is more like a little computer with internet acess, the whole nine yards. That type of technology can help kids with essay’s and inform speeches and it could cut on time waiting for a computer lab you can just do it in your sleep. That is my opinion to the phone topic if they should be used or not… They should be used without a doubt.
The pre-k through 8 school where I teach has a strict cell phone policy that even asks teachers to restrict their usage in front of students. We’d rather have them talking to each other face to face and playing than texting and interrupting their school day with outside call. The policy helps everyone stay “present.”
A study with surprising results on using cell phones to teach math: //radar.oreilly.com/2010/03/cell-phones-in-classrooms.html
I am a substitute in a school district in which cell phone use is strictly banned and in which cell phone use is rampant despite the ban. While I don’t know if the use is as rampant when the regular teacher is present, my guess is that it is – the kids are adept at texting and concealing that they are engaging in this in class.
I think that cell phones could be an outstanding addition to the curriculum if they were used for that purpose – the vast array of social networks demonstrates how connected we are to each other. They could be used to communicate with students in other schools, other states, or other countries that are studying similar topics and this conversation could certainly enhance the learning process and deepen the students’ understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
As the first poster points out (inarticulately and with grammatical errors; most likely he is a student), many cell phones are wi-fi equipped, so it is not beyond imagining that they could prove excellent additions to ongoing classroom dialogue.
HOWEVER, first the students have to be committed to learning rather than messing around in class and playing with their cell phones. I subbed in a class where a student said he was too tired to do his work (a common refrain), so I let him “rest.” Well, he wasn’t resting. He was watching a video of House on his phone.
I disagree with students being able to use their cell phones during class because I think that it distracts students and if they’re busy with their mobile devices they won’t even pay attention to their lesson. I would also say that teachers should have a drop box or something, so that when students enter the class they leave their cell phone in the box and after class they get it back. But if there’s an emergency that the parents NEED to get in touch with their children, they could just call the school. Also, I don’t think students should have cell phones in school because they could just hit up a friend and tell them if they want to cut school. So these are the reasons why I wouldn’t want students to bring mobile devices to school and use it during class.
Any person can survive with out a cell phone. I’m 13 years old and I don’t even own one. If there was an emergency I would head to the classroom and call my parents there. That is my reasoning on cell phones and why they shouldn’t use them in school. Any ways sometimes kids put games on them and play them in class.
It is really interesting to see such innovative uses of the cell phone – technology that is indeed bridging the lines of communication and making the world ever smaller. However, I would like to point out some ethical issues which I recently became faced with concerning cell phones. An essential material for making cellphones ( and most other electronic devices such as laptops) is the COLTAN. 80% of the world’s coltan reserves are found in the Republic of Congo in Central Africa, and Coltan has been the major cause of the war and unrest there for more than 6 years now. For more insight about this, check: //www.seeingisbelieving.ca/cell/kinshasa/ //planetgreen.discovery.com/work-connect/conflict-minerals-congo-act.html
This week is Earth Week and we need to think about these things – the priorities of the world and the realties that technological advancement and globalization bring the baggage of injustice along with it.
What can we do I wonder?
No, I do not use my cell phone in class unless there is an emergency because it sets a bad example for my students who are not to use their cell phones in class.
There is a phone in the classroom, but it does not work. My cell phone does have the police number on it should I need it quickly.
Linking cell phone usage to Learning Standards. You’re kidding Right?
No, I do not use mobile phones in the classroom. In fact we all have them in our bags for in case of emergency (there are no landlines in our classrooms). Also my school has strictly banned the use of them and also electronic dictionaries because too many instances of students cheating on exams using them. We do however have the authority to occasionally allow the use of electronics when we want them for educational purposes. We encourage our students to bring paper dictionaries with them.
Wow! You completely left out Liz Kolb from your article her book is called Toys to Tools. SHE is the ONE person who probably influenced (if not created) many of these lesson ideas (web resources coupled with cell phones) you wrote about (they are all in her book and on her website //cellphonesinlearning.com )…you should definitely check her out. She has been doing all of these things and more for at least 5+ years. I saw her present at MACUL on this topic about 3 years ago in Michigan.
I am a child, and I know for a fact that cell phones wouldn’t help the majority of students. Face it- most kids, including me, if given the chance, would use the cell phone to text their friends. There is also the matter of the poverty-stricken children who cannot afford a phone. Schools have enough budget problems without buying phones and plans, and we can hardly leave behind the poor children because their parents don’t make enough money.
Hi everyone, I’d like to share what we’ve been doing on the mobile education end:
Last year, we won the Digital Media and Learning grant from MacArthur foundation. We have developed the curricula, an iphone app and website that engage students in citizen science. So far, we have worked with 10 schools and more than 500 students in New York.
Our facilitators take students out of classroom during the school time and students use the mobile application to collect scientific data of birds. The data later on is submitted to Cornell Lab of Ornithology for research through our website. Students also go through a thought process of how a scientist identifies a bird in the field. So at the end of the program, the students can identify more birds, understand how birds, as a critical indicator of our environment, impact our daily life and how important the data that they have collected.
Here is a video that might give you a better idea: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCOd-QDGbNY
We believe the future education should provide free tools and everyone should be able to contribute to it. Everything that we have built is free. So please please take it, use it and let us know what you think. Cheers!
Iphone App: //itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-wildlab-edu/id369960948?mt=8
Curriculum:(on the right side; On the map, you can also see the sightings that students have collected.) //bird.thewildlab.org/explore
At our school, the issue was cheating with the cell phones. Students would store answers in their phone. It was good for students to keep in their backpacks to use in after school communication with parents.
I had an issue where a student asked to use the bathroom and called their parent from the bathroom to come pick them up. They would also call or text friends as well.
Schools really need to have a clear policy on this. With the advances in cell phone technology, they can either be a useful tool or a real problem in schools.
yes, I like the schools cellphone policy. I like it because it is a good way to keep in touch with your friends.
Yes, i have a cell phone.I use texting more then i talk on the phone. Yes, the school policy is good. I like it.Because we didn’t get to use them at all before.
yes i was a cellphone. I like the new school policy. because we use phon on passingtime, lunch , being & end of class.
yeah this policy is not really good cuz we can only use them in the halls not the class room wht if are parents need to talk to us wow they should change this policy or i will thankx
cell phone’s are used for home work. there used to call people for things.you can text people and talk to them .you can use them for math home work you can lisen to music on them. you can get ring tones on them.
yes i like the cellphone policy because we get to use them in the hallway and in the lunchrooms. i like cellphones because its a neat device you can play games on it and listin to music,and text.
Yes, I have a cellphone and I do texted and talk on the phone. I do like the new school policy because in case of emergince you can call who even back. With texting you can see what’s up with people. see what your friends are doing . That’s why I think the policy is good.
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Teaching at MHS I can say that I hate cell phones in school. I now see how important it can be in a classroom and the advantages for the students.
I think cell phones can be a distraction, just like anything else. I am an advocate of using cell phones for learning purposes. I sometimes have my students, during the last 5 minutes of class text themselves a reminder to do their assignment for that night. I have found it to be quite helpful.
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- Your mobile phone may have 18 percent more bacteria than a toilet seat cover. Sanitise your phones!
- In U.S. the mobile phone towers and antennas are often disguised into telephone poles, clock faces, church roofs, plastic trees, etc.
- China manufactures 80% of all the mobile phones.
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According to me as far as the children are concerned the mobiles are bane to them as it hinders the very progress in many ways. Children are attracted to the mobiles because they can fiddle with various features and want to play the games stored in it. But the mobile phone ultra rays are bad for the eyes and soon the children will get the eye sight problems. And those who are addicted to the mobiles, the children never listen to the parents commands and wants to have the phones on hand. The diversion tactic also does not work as invariably more people are having the cell phones on hand and the child would recollect his phone immediately through adamant attitude. As far as possible the parents should not use the cell phones in front of the child otherwise they have to part with the phones over the years to come.
This response being posted after the corona lock down has been eased across the country and the schools remain shut and the academic year is being continued through online education and thus mobile phones has become suddenly important and boon to the children as many schools are conducting online classes and the children need to attend those classes taking notes, understanding the subjects and submitting the notes. All these are now happening through the mobile phones and the children cannot escape the excuse as every parent has the mobile phone and they need to log in for their children classes.
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Mobile Phones at School
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The topic of mobile phones at school holds relevance for English learners as it provides an opportunity to enhance their language skills while exploring a contemporary and contentious issue. Engaging in discussions about mobile phones at school allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to technology, education and social issues. Additionally, it fosters critical thinking, argumentation, and the ability to express opinions effectively in English.
By delving into this topic, English learners can develop their language proficiency while gaining insight into the broader societal implications and considerations surrounding the use of mobile phones in educational settings.
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The presence of mobile phones in schools has become a topic of debate and concern in recent years. Mobile phones at school refer to the possession and usage of these devices by students during school hours. While some argue that mobile phones offer educational benefits and emergency communication, others express concerns about distractions, cyberbullying and academic misconduct. This contentious issue raises questions about the role of technology in education, student discipline and the balance between digital connectivity and focused learning environments.
Understanding the implications of mobile phones at school is crucial for educators, policymakers, and students themselves.
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- Do you think there should be different rules for the use of mobile phones in primary, secondary, and higher education? Why or why not?
- Have you ever experienced a situation where you or someone else was distracted by a mobile phone in class? How did it affect your learning?
- How do you think mobile phones can be used to stay connected with peers and teachers outside of the classroom?
- Do you think mobile phones should be allowed during breaks and lunchtime, or should they be banned at all times? Why?
- How do you think mobile phones can be used to support emergency situations in schools?
- How do you think the use of mobile phones in schools differs in your country compared to other countries?
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Victorian education minister James Merlino’s announcement mobile phones will be banned for all students at state primary and secondary schools is certainly a bold move.
The policy has been justified as a direct response to mounting levels of cyberbullying, concerns over distractions and schools struggling with discipline relating to students’ misuse of phones.
Students will have to switch off their phones and store them in lockers from the start of the school day until the final bell. In case of an emergency, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the school.
The minister said in a statement :
The only exceptions to the ban will be where students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring their phone for a particular classroom activity.
Whether to allow student use of mobile phones in school is certainly a hot topic in education. The Victorian announcement follows a French government ban on mobiles in school in 2018. Debates on the issue are also taking place in Denmark , Sweden and the United Kingdom .
There is considerable public support for banning mobiles. In our recently conducted survey of more than 2,000 Australian adults, nearly 80% supported a ban on mobile phones in classrooms. Just under one-third supported an outright ban from schools altogether.
Support for a classroom ban was remarkably consistent across different demographics, including political affiliation and age group.
But while banning phones from classrooms, and from school altogether, might seem sensible, there are number of reasons to be cautious. It’s clear we need to carefully consider how we want to make use of digital devices being brought into schools. But previous experience, such as in New York, suggests a blanket ban might introduce even more problems.
And the little research evidence that addresses the issue is mixed.
What’s the evidence?
Reports of cyberbullying have clearly gone up among school-aged children and young people over the past ten years, but the nature and precedents of cyberbullying are complex.
Research suggests there is a large overlap between cyberbullying and traditional forms of bullying, which wouldn’t then follow that digital devices are somehow causing these behaviours.
Cyberbullying also often takes place outside school hours and premises. There is a danger banning phones from classrooms might distract education staff from having to continue with efforts to address the more immediate causes of cyberbullying.
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There is also a growing literature exploring the links between digital devices and classroom distractions. The presence of phones in the classroom is certainly found to be a source of multi-tasking among students of all ages – some of which can be educationally relevant and much of which might not.
But the impact of these off-task behaviours on student learning outcomes is difficult to determine. A review of 132 academic studies concluded, it is
difficult to determine directions and mechanisms of the causal relations between mobile phone multitasking and academic performance.
There is also a strong sense from classroom research that issues of distraction apply equally to laptops , iPads and other digital devices.
All told, the sense from academic literature is that the realities of smartphone use in classrooms are complex and decidedly messy. Our own research into how smartphones are being used in Victorian classrooms highlighted the difficulties teachers face in policing student use (what some teachers described as requiring “five minutes of firefighting” at the beginning of every lesson).
Despite this, we also found instances of students using smartphones for a range of beneficial purposes – from impromptu information seeking to live-streaming lessons for sick classmates.
Read more: Schools are asking students to bring digital devices to class, but are they actually being used?
These benefits are also reflected in classroom studies elsewhere in the world. Research from Stanford University has demonstrated , for instance, that with proper support and preparation, teachers in even the most challenging schools can “build on the ways students already use technology outside of school to help them learn in the classroom”.
There is now a whole academic field known as “ m-Learning ” where researchers have explored the pedagogical and learning advantages of using mobile devices (including phones) in lessons.
But what about a blanket ban from school altogether? Experience from elsewhere suggests enforcing a mobile ban in schools may not be as easy as it sounds.
What we can learn from others
The New South Wales government announced a review into the benefits and risks of mobile phone use in schools in June 2018, led by child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg. At the review’s completion, the government said it would only ban mobile phones from the state’s primary schools, leaving secondary schools free to make their own choice.
We recognise that technology plays an important and increasing role as students progress through their education […] We want to give secondary schools the flexibility to balance the benefits and risks of technology in the way that best supports their students.
Perhaps the most pertinent example is the ban enforced in New York City from 2006, that was eventually lifted in 2015.
The reasons given for this reversal highlighted several of the concerns the new ban in Victoria will likely face. They include practical difficulties of enforcing a ban in the classroom being exacerbated by banning of phone use during break times and lunchtimes.
First, it was clear the New York ban was being inconsistently enforced by schools – with better resourced schools in more affluent areas more likely to bend the rules and permit student use. In contrast, schools in lower-income areas with metal detectors were more likely to be rigidly enforcing the ban.
Other motivations for lifting the ban were concerns over student safety such as the need for students to contact family members during break times and lunchtimes. Families were also incurring costs to store phones securely outside of the school. There was also a recognition teachers should be trusted to exercise their professional judgement as to how they could be making good educational use of devices in their lessons.
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At the same time, it was reckoned government resources were better directed toward supporting students to learn how to use technology responsibly through cyber-safety lessons.
All these reasons are as relevant now to Victorian schools as they were to New York City schools in 2015. The use (and non-use) of mobile phones in schools is certainly an issue we need to have a proper conversation about. But it might not be as clear-cut as the recent policy announcements suggest.
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Mobile Phones Boon or Bane?
Introduced in the nineties the bulky box was a rich man’s delight. In less than ten years, it became every man’s pocket item, irrespective of one’s socio-economic status. From a premium segment item, it became everyone’s necessity and prices got slashed to unimaginable levels. With time, the mobile phones underwent many transformations. At an alarming speed, they shrunk in size to pocket-sized wonders and equally soon, their utility diversified.
Primarily used for simple telephonic conversations in case of emergency or urgency, mobile phones were used for sending text messages, playing games, for internet browsing, etc.
The mobile phones of today are gizmos that perform multiple functions. They can send text messages, send and receive videos,
be used for accessing e-books, aid in direction or route finding, click pictures, and are used for a host of other functions. In India, almost everyone everywhere seems to have a mobile phone. The vegetable vendor, the bus conductor, students, the office goers, almost everybody irrespective of economic status has a cell phone. This by little midget has taken the world b storm. Every where – malls, metro, buses, etc., one is swarmed by people glued to their cell phones.
Indeed, the myriad uses of this little box have eased life manifold and brought a revolution in the world. Through text applications like whatsapp, we chat, etc., one can connect with anyone in any part of the world. The craze among teenagers and youngsters to get hold of the latest model of this magical device is immense.
However, this little device of wonder has had many unfavourable repercussions as well. The invention and addition of all the advanced features have led to excessive use of it and complicated life. At homes, all members are most engaged in their phones and interact less with others.
It also drifts students away from studies as almost all the time they are glued to their phones and devote less time to their books. This negatively affects their performance in schools and colleges and leads to poor grades. Also, there is a risk of invasion of privacy. People record videos of other people or click their pictures without their knowledge.
The nominal call rates allow spammers to trouble others especially girls with unwanted calls and messages on whatsapp and social media applications and sites. At the same time, advertising through text messages makes one’s cell phone keep beeping all the time and is a nuisance.
In case of emergency, often the network is jammed due to indiscriminate use by all. Students have also been caught storing answers on the cell phone to use during exams.
Lastly, several health risks have also been projected by over use of mobiles like slow brain damage, sleep disorders, reduced productivity, etc.
Thus, with every technology, along with its uses, come misuses and it is the user’s responsibility to strike a balance and use it with caution. One must not forget that human is the master of technology and not its slave.
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Debate: Is changing smartphones often good for the environment?
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FOR THE ARGUMENT (By Shivam Sati, 10 D, St Francis High School, Bhayandar)
Cell phones or mobile phones have become an important part of our daily lives.
Today, it is difficult to imagine our life without a cell phone as most of our work is done using cell phones.
With mobile phones, you can communicate with anyone from anywhere at any time. Day-byday, these devices are getting smaller in size and lighter in weight. Such features make them easy to carry.
They are not just to help you in making calls but also entertain you by allowing you to play games, listen to music and do other things such as online chatting, billing and banking.
Operated by systems like Android, Apple iOS and Windows, phones have become mandatory devices as they can be used for education as well as.
Smartphones should be only used for 2 years and not more than that as they can make a considerable impact on your own carbon footprint. The smartphone repre
sents a fast-growing segment of ICT companies like Samsung and Apple which are already into recycling .
AGAINST THE ARGUMENT (By Dhruv Singh, 10 E, St Francis High School, Bhayandar)
It is true that mobile phones can help students in studies but only if they use them wisely.
Most of the students become
addicted to mobile phones and are found playing games, chatting with their friends and watching movies and other things
If students are keeping their eyes on their mobile phones at all times, they would not get time for studying which would lead to poor grades.
There is high risk of an accident if you are talking on the mobile phone while driving as it distracts you from the road.
Researches have also claimed that mobile phones have a negative impact on the health of an individual.
Cell phones are the most personal device to us and we should make optimal use of them.
Buying anew smartphone consum es more energy than using an existing phone. It directly increases the carbon footprint.
It is greener to use your old phone than to upgrade to a new one. Smartphones are also the culprits when it comes to CO2 emission due to servers and data centres across the world.
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The age kids have a cell phone is getting younger. But should kids have cell phones? Weigh both sides of the debate. THE NO ARGUMENT... 1. Rapid brain growth Between 0 and 2 years, infant's brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age. Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums. 2. Delayed Development Technology use restricts movement, which can result in delayed development. One in three children now enter school developmentally delayed, negatively impacting literacy and academic achievement. Use of technology under the age of 12 years is detrimental to child development and learning. 3. Epidemic Obesity TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity. Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have 30% increased incidence of obesity. 4. Sleep Deprivation 60% of parents do not supervise their child's technology usage, and 75% of children are allowed technology in their bedrooms. 75% of children aged 9 and 10 years are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are detrimentally impacted. 5. Mental Illness Technology overuse is implicated as a causal factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and problematic child behavior. 6. Digital dementia High speed media content can contribute to attention deficit, as well as decreased concentration and memory, due to the brain pruning neuronal tracks to the frontal cortex. 7. Addictions As parents attach more and more to technology, they are detaching from their children. In the absence of parental attachment, detached children can attach to devices, which can result in addiction. 1 in 11 children aged 8-18 years are addicted to technology. 8. Radiation emission In May of 2011, the World Health Organization classified cell phones (and other wireless devices) as a category 2B risk. THE YES ARGUMENT... 1. Problem solving. It gives kids access to resources that help them solve problems. 2. Technology skills. When people don't have access to technology until their later years, they fall behind. America is already falling behind in technology skills, making us less employable and harder to train. 3. Expectations in school. Classrooms of the 21st century engage students in a variety of ways bridging technology and interactive teaching. 4. Interest. Many children are motivated by technology. They are future coders. Future designers. Future engineers. 5. Brain development. There is a positive link between technology and brain development 6. Literacy. Handheld devices can help with learning, especially when parents are involved with the interaction of the device. Which side of the debate do you fall on? Share your thoughts with everyone in the comment section below.
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