News from Boissevain School

December 2, 2010

Cell Phones

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:11 am

We had a great discussion in Advisory today about the use of cell phones in school.  Input ranged from Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 students.  The two main topics were: 1. The ethical use of phones and 2. Student Responsibilities towards using phones.  How do you see yourself with respect to each topic?



  1. This is a great discussion to have, Mr. White. I enjoyed our chat about it the other day. I think it is time to rethink many issues involving use of technology. Cell phones are so much more than phones/texting – calculators, date books, cameras, Internet access… We – as educators – should consider their use carefully, there is much potential for learning if they are allowed and used appropriately & ethically. I think it is the responsibility of schools – and all adults, parents included – to model and discuss these issues. These devices and sites like Facebook and YouTube are not going away, they have potential for much good. I congratulate you and the staff for taking this on and opening discussions with the students – we can teach each other! As many people have pointed out – pen & paper can be distracting and can be used for bad as well – but we don’t ban them 🙂
    Boissevain School has always been innovative & at the cutting edge, glad to see it continuing!

    Comment by Mike N. — December 2, 2010 @ 3:16 am | Reply

  2. Well number one i think that any students that has a phone should be able to use it, because they probably already use them and i think that all the teachers know this too. it is obvious that teenagers use their phones because they are attached too them. 2. the responsibilities of the the students is to only use them around break time or lunch not during class, during class they should turn them off, since they can use them during breaks because its not like they cant go without them for 1 to 2 classes. 🙂

    Comment by Mr. Whites best Volleyball player(Harley) — December 2, 2010 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  3. I think that cellphones should be allowed during breaks and lunch periods. It’s not like prohibiting the use of cellphones will stop students from actually using them. Teachers don’t usually catch on to when we are texting in class and by banning them they’re basically encouraging students to use them as it is the “cool” thing to do.
    No matter what the administration does to combat the use of cellphones, students will still use them. As Mr. Nantais said, they can be used as studying tools as well as for reminders and calculators. Sure, students would text but, in saying that, you cannot assume every single student would text if given the opportunity to use a cellphone in school. They can be used as an educational tool.

    Comment by Creed — December 3, 2010 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  4. Although I didn’t contribute to the discussion in advisory I think that it is amazing that the school is taking student input so seriously. This is a great way to make the school run smoother and make the student experience even greater at what already is a great school to go to. As far as ethical use of cell phones I am glad to see that this is something the school is seeing the importance of. Cell phones can be a great social tool but it can also lead to inappropriate use in and out of school and it can damage people’s feelings, grades, and other important aspects of their lives. As far as student responsibility goes I certainly do believe the use of a cell phone is the student’s responsibility and to see the school give their students such a leap of faith with cell phones. I only hope that punishment for disrespecting rules is just and fair without being too easy on the students. I am also glad to hear that the suggested revision of the rules (the rumor anyway) is only limiting cell phone use during breaks. This is very good because free use of cell phones in class would be a huge disruption.

    Comment by Eric — December 3, 2010 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  5. I agree that technology is changing the way we work both in school and in our jobs. As a parent, I think cell phones can be a great tool and a great distraction. Many workplaces have developed policies on the appropriate use of technology and I think schools will need to embrace the reality that, while we need to control unnecessary use, we also need to take advantage of the potential advantages that technology offers. One of the ethical questions this brings forward though is regarding the ability to afford the technology. If we embrace it are we creating an elitist environment where those with the resources will have the advantage. It’s a big question without easy answers but my vote is for Boissevain School to continue to be a leader in the use and application of new technology.

    Comment by A Mom — January 7, 2011 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

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