Cell Phone usage is allowed at West Brook in some classrooms in support of class curriculum, including the Communication Graphics class in V61. Camera and Organization activities are permissible.

 

Please review "Tech In Use".

Cell phones MUST not be used for general texting, socializing, Facebooking, Twittering, Instagramming, Vining, etc. This includes less obvious sites like: Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

It must be on Do Not Disturb mode to prevent incoming messages from distracting you.

If you are NOT willing to accept the terms of the "Tech In Use" guidelines, or are not engaged in a class that is supporting Tech In Use in the class, your phone must be powered off, not just silent mode, from 7:30am until 2:55pm.

 

Parents, please find a letter address to you at the bottom of this page.

Students, I know you want to know why. I'll tell you why...

Cell phone usage during the school day and specifically during class has reached a disturbing and epidemic level. I actually believe in students having a cell phone; it’s a safety issue for you and for others. BUT, the phone must not be used during the school day.

 

Unfortunately, some of my best and brightest students have been distracted with text messaging in class. They get so engrossed with the conversation, they don’t even notice me walking up behind them.

 

There are lots of reasons why the cell phone must be off. One is that if the phone is on, you are going to receive a message and you are going to want to check it. If you can’t check it right then, you are going to be thinking about how you can sneak a quick check. Then, once you do get a quick check, you are going to want to reply, which means you will be thinking about what you are going to say, especially if it is an emotional message like students frequently send to each other, from break ups to who’s hot and who’s not.

 

There are lots of other reasons to restrict the use of cell phones. Please consider the following info:

“researchers report that teenagers who use their phones more than 15 times a day have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. People who spend more than an hour a day on their cell phones tend to suffer from anxiety” http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20080609/cell-phones-disrupt-teens-sleep

  

Although I don’t agree that most students cheat, consider:

“More than one third of teens with cellphones admit to having stored information on them to look at during a test or texting friends about answers.” http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2009/06/23/one-third-of-teens-use-cellphones-to-cheat-in-school.html

Attention spans of teens have already decreased in recent years because of the internet and page hopping. A teens constant checking of cell phone, and chatting with numerous people is already showing signs of impact and I suspect that we will see a dramatic rise in challenges in later years associated with the distractions related to cell phone usage in early development years.

 

And consider a new news story posted here: http://www.kbmt12.com/news/local/66173262.html regarding the sending of really inappropriate images and video along with those texts messages.

 

And finally, if all this wasn't enough, consider this a mission to make sure our youth know when it is inappropriate to use the cell phone: http://ut.zerofatalities.com/texting.php The fact is that our youth lack discretion of when it is ok to text and when it is not...and when they are texting too much. This is no different than telling them to turn the TV off if they are watching too much TV.

 

Look on the bright side, a benefit from having a cell phone off during they day will be that the phone will be charged ready for use in the afternoon when you really need it.

 

 

 

 

Parents,

I hope the school year gets off to a smooth start for your family. I am writing this special letter to ask for some help. Included in this packet are the Class Operation and Procedures Guidelines. There is one rule in particular that your assistance is need more than anything. Please require your student to turn OFF their phone by 7:30 am and leave it off until 2:55 pm.

Cell phone usage, specifically during class, has reached a disturbing level. I believe in students having a cell phone; it’s a safety issue for them and others. BUT, the phone must be off during school. Unfortunately, some of my best and brightest students have been distracted with text messaging in class. They get so engrossed with the “conversation” they don’t even notice me walking up.

There are lots of reasons why the cell phone must be off. One is that if the phone is on, they are going to receive a message and they are going to want to check it. If they can’t check it right then, they are going to be thinking about how they can sneak a quick check. Then, once they do get a quick check, they are going to want to reply, which means they will be thinking about what they are going to say, especially if it is an emotional message like the students frequently send to each other, from break ups to who’s hot and who’s not.

You can help by making sure there are consequences at home. They must know that if they get their phone taken up they will lose it for even longer at home, or, that you will turn off “texting” for 1 month.

I know for some parents, it is important to be able to send messages to their kids during the day. Several students have used their parents as an excuse as to why they were texting. But please use the proper channel, even if that is calling them on my class line during class in the case of an emergency.

A benefit from keeping the phone off will be that the phone will be charged ready for use in the afternoon when they really need it so you won’t have to worry about them making excuses about it being dead after school when you really need to get in touch with them.

There are lots of other reasons to restrict the use of cell phones. Please consider the following info: “researchers report that teenagers who use their phones more than 15 times a day have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. People who spend more than an hour a day on their cell phones tend to suffer from anxiety” http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20080609/cell-phones-disrupt-teens-sleep

Many students are honest and would never cheat, but consider: “More than one third of teens with cell phones admit to having stored information on them to look at during a test or texting friends about answers.” http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2009/06/23/one-third-of-teens-use-cellphones-to-cheat-in-school.html

Attention spans of our teens have already decreased in recent years because of the internet. A teen’s constant checking of cell phone and texting is already showing signs of impact and I suspect that we will see a dramatic rise in challenges in later years associated with the distractions related to cell phone usage in early development years.

There is no doubt that texting is useful. But, texting addiction is a very serious concern pushing the mantra to “multitask” to a vulnerable population. Students do not need to multitask while at school with people in other classrooms or off campus. Some are texting to the point of exhaustion and other very serious issues. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/health/26teen.html?_r=1       http://blogs.lifeway.com/blog/girlsministry/2009/09/texting-as-the-new-addiction-1.html          http://www.education.com/question/cell-phone-affects-grades-student/

If a student is caught using a phone in my room, I will take their phone away. Depending on their attitude and pending a parent contact, the phone will be returned after school and they will be assigned 1 hr of teacher detention. Or, I will turn the phone over to admin per campus policy and let the phone be retrieved from the bookkeeper.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this or anything.

 

Sincerely,   G. Loker         w - 409-617-5552      c - 409-454-4737  gloker@beaumont.k12.tx.us

 

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