Technology has dominated our lives in every direction. Children are growing up in a digital era; a world full of technology. Since our world is full of technology every child is growing up wanting to be a part of the latest portable technologies. Children younger and younger are exposed to the latest technologies as the technology advances. Determining whether or not it is appropriate for elementary school students to be able to carry their cell phones in school is very difficult. Parents and guardians are under the impression that technology is beneficial, but they don’t understand how children are using the technology to their benefit. Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston, who wrote the book Cyberbullying: Bullying at the Digital Age describe and discuss how since children are growing up in technology they are so much more advanced in the digital world than their parents.
Parents at the least initially, tend to view the Internet as a helpful tool to aid their children with homework. Similarly, in parents’ eyes, cellular phones are a means for kids to call home in emergencies. Children and youth, on the other hand perceive the internet, cell phones, and other related technologies as a critical tool for their social life. For most parents, this technology is relatively new and somewhat foreign and, therefore, something about which their children need to be cautious. For children and youth, on the other hand, these communication technologies have always existed, so they have a comfort level with technology that if foreign to many of their parents. (2)
Since children are growing up surrounded by technology they are learning what technology is like at younger ages. Research shows that over 10.5 million kids between the ages of 8-13 own a cell phone.
Getting an education is important. It is the foundation to everything that you need in order to succeed in life. In article written by Dara Keer she says “Cell phone owners are getting younger and younger. According to a new study, 83 percent of middle schoolers, 39 percent of fifth-graders, and 20 percent of third-graders have a mobile device.” This information was based on a study done by Stephanie Englander of Bridgewater University. When in the classroom especially in an elementary school classroom children are there to learn. Children don’t have a very good attention span they are only able to focus on one thing at a time. If their cell phone were to go off in class they would be more distracted by their cell phone then they would be actually listening and paying attention to what the teacher is actually talking. Matt Ritchel who wrote an article in the New York Times called Growing up digital, wired for distraction says, “Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.” Being exposed to these new portable technologies can cause...