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Posted by Sarah Fisher September 10, 2010 11:40

It’s been a long time since I was at school. We never had mobile phones in those days. I’m really showing my age here now. But seeing all the kids in their uniforms going back to school this past week made me realise how much things have changed. Whereas in my day we used to show how flash we are with trainers, children show off with their mobile phones instead.

I have nieces and nephews who sell mobile phones every six months because their previous model is now dated and “all the cool people have this one now”. I am obviously para-phrasing, they speak in much more cool lingo which I have no understanding of.

The phones are often smartphones, but do they not prove a distraction in the classroom? I used to be distracted by the back of my exercise book, writing notes to my friends who were sat next to me, but writing things on phones that the teacher won’t collect to mark is a much better way of communicating when you’re not meant to.

Not only that, but surely if you’re stuck for an answer to a question, the ability to quickly search on the internet means that children don’t learn because they have the option to take the easy route. Are mobile phones in schools a dangerous thing?

Maybe I’m just apprehensive out of jealousy. While young people spend their pocket money on phones, I’m barely scraping together enough cash for mobile phone bills. Oh to be young again...

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