Schools vs. Cell Phones (8/16/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Schools vs. Cell Phones (8/16/07)

The Oldham County School system has a policy of confiscating cell phones, iPods and MP3 players from students who fail to turn them off after a warning.

After a first offense, parents may pick up the device at the school the next day. But a repeat offense means the offending item isn't returned until the end of the school year.

Makes sense to me. But many parents complain the policy is unduly harsh because kids "need" to have their cell phones on them at all times for safety reasons.

Baloney. First, no one in Oldham County is banning cell phones completely. They're only prohibiting their use at inappropriate times. And really - how many times does anyone think these kids are actually dealing with an "emergency?"

And the next time any Ipod or MP3 player saves anyone from a disaster will be the first.

Kids are in school to learn. Not be distracted by entertainment or trivial conversation. And parents should support any policy aimed at achieving this goal. Not undercut it.

Parents need to take more responsibility for their number one duty - parenting. And that includes instructing their children about the right and wrong times to use their electronic toys.

Unfortunately, since many never will, our school systems are stuck with the job. And I say more power to them.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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