British schools are installing cell phone detectors to prevent students from using their phones to photograph classmates in changing rooms or cheat on exams.
The detectors discreetly alert teachers that a mobile is switched on. Or they make a recorded loudspeaker announcement. â€œWe have detected your mobile phone,â€ an authoritative voice booms. â€œTurn off your mobile immediately.â€
Of 4,500 pupils reported to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for exam cheating in summer 2005, 1,100 were found to have smuggled in mobile phones.
Under British law, schools can’t use technology that blocks cell phone calls and text mesages.
95% have cell phones.
97% of those who have cell phones bring them to school.
88% know the district’s policy on cell phone use.
90% of students who know the policy disobey it.
95% of the students who disobey the rule text message during class.
24% say they have used their cell phones to cheat.
28% say they have had their cell phones confiscated.
Florida schools are thinking of modifying bans on students turning on their cell phones during school hours. Wimpiness is not good policy, writes Matthew Tabor.