In keeping with a trend we have been seeing across the country, another school board in California has decided to ban the inappropriate use of cell phones on school grounds (largely to prevent cyberbullying and the recording and online posting of fights). There is one exception – students are able to use cell phones to capture or record any illegal activities they witness on campus (by students or staff). Some schools across our nation have entertained completely banning student cell phones, and confiscating those that they see on campus (a policy which some parents do not appreciate). Others have allowed use before school, during lunch, after school in the parking lot, or some variation thereof. I’d be interested to hear what your school district is currently doing, or planning to do about these ubiquitous devices – and whether that policy or strategy has borne fruit or proved less than effective. We will follow up with another post in the near future as to our specific thoughts on the matter – based on our work with districts nationwide.
...identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying