Should Schools Ban Cell Phones to Bust Bullying?

§ February 9th, 2011 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, English Language Arts, High School, Media criticism, Middle School § No Comments

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This week there has been a lot of attention on cell phones and bullying in schools. On Monday the Boston Herald published a special report detailing one school’s approach to end bullying. Among other anti-bullying methods, the Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield banned cell phones.

Have your students read these two Boston Herald articles about bullying: School Talks Tough on Bullying, and Coakley: School cell ban pushes the right buttons. Then discuss the link between bullying and cell phones with your class.

Key Discussion Points:

  • How often do you see classmates using their cell phones in school?
  • What are your peers doing with their cell phones during school hours? Are they talking, texting, or using websites like Facebook?
  • Do you think cell phones play a roll in bullying? How?
  • Do you think fewer students are being bullied now than last year? Explain your reasoning.
  • How do you feel about banning cell phones in schools?
  • What do you think the solution should be? Why?

This activity is designed for students in grades 8-12. It can complement English Language Arts, current events, media criticism, and computer classes.

Please review the articles prior to sharing them with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.

If you need help finding the articles for discussion, please contact Julie Burridge.

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