Handphones Essay

Should students be allowed to bring mobile phones to school?

August 14, 2011

In this modern world, technology is very advanced compared to the before time when we had dinosaurs as pets. Most students have mobile phones, so they thought that it would be cool if they could use it in school because some of the people think that mobile phones are a necessity. But, did they consider the side effects? Mobile phones should stay prohibited in school.
I think students shouldn’t be allowed to bring mobile phones to school because this gadget is a big distraction. Nowadays, mobile phones have the ability to surf the internet, in other words it’s a metal thing that disrupts you from working. If students are allowed to bring mobile phones, they would not focus on what the teacher is trying to say but will focus on the less important things in their phone. Mobile phones effect their education, would you want that?
Secondly, too much phones will harm your health. Mobile phones will make you short-sighted because too much attention is focused on the tiny screen, mobile phones generate radiation which “gifts” you cancer, in other words too much phones equal to early death. Therefore, students should not be allowed to bring harmful devices to school or else the mankind extinction project is on the go.
Last but not least, students can use this golden opportunity to do bad things. They could use the short-message-service to cheat, whether it is during exams or doing homework, they can share answers with just a touch of a button. Furthermore, some students will try to steal expensive mobile phones due to lack of money or jealousy. Crime rates will rise in school. School is a place for education, not a bad guy faculty, and that concludes why mobile phones should be prohibited in school.
Schools are supposed to produce a bright future for every student, if they start to educate them in a bad way by approving mobile phone usage in school, they will crumble their future. In the end, everyone will live in fear because a lot of bad guys are taking over whatever that was once good.

Good morning and warm welcome to the respectable judges, the opposition team, teachers and fellow students. First of all, I would like to convey my gratitude for being given the opportunity to represent the team that opposes the motion hand phones should be allowed in schools.

There are many important reasons why hand phones or cellular phones should not be allowed at the school premises. Although recent years have witnessed an "explosion" of hand phones in Malaysia, it would be a grave mistake to allow school students to bring them to school. Firstly, possession of hand phones distracts students from their studies. In fact, the main reason why the government has made it illegal for drivers to use hand phones while on the road is that it increases risks of accidents. Likewise, hand phone users at schools would be busy either sending short message texts (SMS) or calling their friends when they should be focusing on their studies.

Secondly, hand phones are becoming cheaper to own. With the introduction of the prepaid system, many students even from poor backgrounds are able to own hand phones. Thus, I have personally witnessed how students compete to buy expensive handphones with the latest features. Video phones are the latest craze and there have been cases reported in the press whereby students have used the phones to film other students in compromising positions. They have in fact used the films to black mail the targeted student or sell them to VCD peddlers or even circulate them through the internet.

Thirdly, there are still many poor students who are unable to afford these phones which I would consider a luxury rather than a necessity. Hence, they face a tremendous amount of pressure to own hand phones, some even resorting to stealing or shoplifting. The undue pressure on them is unhealthy. Instead of feeling the pressure to perform better at school, students face competition to show off their wealth and possessions. This is leading to the spread of negative materialistic culture which our Eastern society abhors.

Fourthly, students have been apprehended using the SMS to cheat in the examinations. Many teachers have caught them red-handed using this latest hand phone technology to cheat and do well in the exams. Those who have not been caught continue to engage in this illicit method to further their academic achievements. Honest and ethical students feel undermined by this and many are prepared to throw in the towel and cheat as well. They fail to see the point of studying hard and competing fairly in the exams when others who do not put in any effort at all to earn high marks.

Supporters of hand phones say that they should be allowed to be used in schools for emergency purposes. Though I concede that parents and students should stay in touch via phones in cases of emergency, it does not mean that handphones are the solution. School authorities must make the effort to install and make available more public phones. Phone use should be restricted to the morning or lunch breaks

I am sure that most, if not all of you, would agree with my position on this issue. Hence, I would reiterate that hand phones should be banned from the school premises due to its negative effects. Thank you.

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