why do we need cell phones in school

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found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting.

Read on for the pros and cons of allowing cell phones in school to help make the right decision for your child.

Principal Anita Berger of Banneker High School, a Washington, DC magnet school, is providing strong leadership on student phones, particularly considering the challenges faced by her students.

Banneker's is 85 percent black, a group of teens who -- according to a recent Common Sense Media -- nationally spend almost twice the amount of time each day using phones when compared with white children (4 hours, 11 minutes to 2 hours, 12 minutes).

Black students also tend to lower academically than white children.

So, Banneker's students would especially benefit from school phone limits which, according to the London School of Economics phone study, particularly help lower achieving students.

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