Having Cell Phones in School

In today's day and age my generation and down are considered to be the " iGeneration " because of the type of technologies that we have acquired, like iPhones, and iPads (Rosen, 8). In the last decade, schools have had multiple problems and rule changes on the stipulation for students with electronics attending school, during school hours. Most schools have developed policies to go against the use of electronic devices that met parents, students, and staff standards. Majority of these rules started at high school l evel where there is a higher usage of the devices. The rules then began to trickle down to middle school and high schools. Through recent studies educators have realized that when students used their personal devices it relieved stress of not having a comfortable amount of tablets, and computers at easy access for individual use. Opinions vary on the age of the children coming from parents. Parents are wanting to be able to reach their child immediately. Although they are wanting to completely ban it from high schools and middle schools, but a little bit different for the elementary-aged children.
A big problem for children's use of electronic devices on the issue nowadays is cyberbullying. Children on all grade levels are faced with bullying once in their life, whether they see it, victims of it, or the bully themselves. What makes this problem worse is that the kids can be anonymous when bullying online whether it being a group of people or a single person (Kowalski & Limber 22). Along with the anonymity of a person or group, there is practically limitless amount of people that can view the bullying based on the platform and who decides to save it, send it, and show other people. Schools and districts are left themselves to develop their own rules and regulations to deal with cyber bullying, which also te nds to include lessons on cyber bullying for teachers, parents, and students. There multiple parts to the debate to allow student-owned phones into elementary schools, because once they are allowed then it's the issue of the protection of the student body against electronic bullying, and again from that is when you can use the phone during school and how you can use it.
On the other hand, Rosen found in his studies that parents relay back that their children use the technology more than their older brothers and sisters did when they were younger ( Rosen, 10). They claim that they are growing in an environment where the technology is present in all areas of their lives. Rosen also states that five year olds to eight year olds communicate by using electronics about half an hour a day, nine year olds to twelve year olds communicate by using electronics about two and a half hours a day, and about half of pre-teens have their own iPads and iPhones (Rosen, 10). Rosen argues that teachers may consider usin g all types of devices to deliver content virtually. Such as online class discussions, and using it to have students turn in work.
Rosen's idea that teachers and staff use students' phones and personally owned electronics in the classes brings some to the fact that students in this era should be learning to use it in prep for their future. Often, the students are leaving the schools not prepared for the jobs on the market during that time. They tend to not have the skills in the collaboration, and critical thinking categories. In the 21 st century the skills that are needed for living are different than what of the 20 th century life. The schools need change their mindsets from the Industrial Age to the 21 st century to prepare students for the real world and advanced technology.
Since technology became more important in part of lots of children's lives, they considered brining in their technology from their home other than fight over limited access to electronic devices at school(Trilling, 8). This is a prime example of what's happening in many schools today. They slowly start to realize that the children have the access to their own learning through technology. There are more uses to