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Metro-east middle school bans students from using cellphones

A local middle school decided to ban cellphones during school hours because the technology became a distraction, as well as a tool for cyberbullying and sharing of “explicit content.”

Starting March 1, the only electronic devices that students will be allowed to use between 8:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Collinsville Middle School are school-issued Chromebook computers. Cellphones will be required to be “completely out of sight” while students are in the building, according to a letter Principal Kimberly Jackson sent to parents.

There have been some instances of bullying and spreading of explicit messages between students, which Jackson said the school recognized as a trend among teens in general.

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To fight cyberbullying, ban cellphones from school

Two years ago, when Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña lifted the ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, they also instituted what they called a “Misuse It, You Lose It” policy to prevent cyberbullying — which has increased 351 percent in that time.

According to a Post analysis, there were 804 reported incidents in the 2015-16 school year, compared to 686 the prior year and 178 in 2013-14, the year before the cellphone ban was lifted. The most common types of incidents involve fat-shaming and harassment over race, gender and sexual orientation.

Some experts believe the spike in numbers is due to increased vigilance:

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Should Students Be Barred From Taking Cellphones to School?National Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – New York City will be ending its longstanding ban on cellphones in public schools. For years the city argued that cellphones had no place in schools, and that they disrupted student learning. Many …

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Should Students Be Barred From Taking Cellphones to School?

Should Students Be Barred From Taking Cellphones to School?

New York City will be ending its longstanding ban on cellphones in public schools. For years the city argued that cellphones had no place in schools, and that they disrupted student learning. Many parents countered that cellphones were a vital […]

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