Students Question New BYOD Policy

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.” Albert Einstein believed technology could become a big force in our society, and it is slowly becoming a reality as the 21st century speeds by.

The 2016-17 school year “Bring Your Own Device” [BYOD] cell phone policy is a hot topic among students and teachers at Mt. Hebron. The phrase “Off and away, unless I say it’s okay,” has been echoed around the school as teachers enforce stricter cell phone policies for this school year. The policy was put in place to limit student distraction in class and to create a better learning environment. As teachers and administrators enforce the rule, students around the school are being asked to put their smartphones away more than in previous years.

Many teachers have conflicting views on the situation; however, these views have not stopped the continuous use of the new policy in all classrooms.

“I think they should let us use our phones for academic use,” junior Ryan Van Tine said.

There are advantages and disadvantages of this policy through the eyes of both students and teachers. Students can focus on their studies while in class without the distraction of their cell phones, and teachers can feel comfortable knowing that students are not using their cell phones to cheat on various tests and quizzes.  However, many teachers still have students complete assignments or activities through their mobile devices.

As new technology is produced constantly, The “Off and Away” Policy may teach students self control and help them realize that they do not need to access their cell phones every minute. It should also encourage them to comprehend and complete schoolwork without any distractions.

On the other hand, there are plenty of disadvantages. Students would not have quick access to a cell phone, which could be classified as a safety issue. If someone needed to call for emergency purposes and cell phones were turned off because of the policy, it would take away precious time for emergency vehicles to arrive at the school. Another problem is that if a parent needed to be contacted, having the phone turned off would serve as a disadvantage.

Freshman Kyle Vogelpohl said, “It’s better than in previous schools where you couldn’t have your cell phone at all.”

Junior Parth Parikh agree. “It’s okay. I’m alright with [the new policy] , and it kind of depends on the teacher.”

Although this policy has been very controversial throughout these first few weeks of school, the rule will continue to be in effect.