Aside from the "could it get stolen" question, and putting school-specific rules aside, arguments have been made that iPods and gadgets of that sort should be an integral part of of a learning experience. Beyond the aspect of potential theft, some schools choose to ban the devices because they are afraid they will be used as a means of cheating. One teacher stated his point by saying that many students simply get through school by rote memorization – if instructors are creating tests that are so "basic" they can be cheated on by using an iPod, they're not really teaching kids how to think which is what school should be about. Of course, many of these decisions happen on the school board level and if your school has already banned iPods – or other electronics - there may be little you can do if you disagree besides voice your opinion to the board.
Cell phones can probably be one of the biggest problem areas between kids, parents and schools. Many people nowadays are giving up their home phone in exchange for cell phones and with all those great family plans out there, why not? This makes it a virtual necessity that your child have a phone, but it also may mean you'll have to fight some battles. In many cases it comes down to an issue of trust – giving your child the freedom to make their right choices about when to use their phone. Of course, you can always check up on them after the fact by checking your phone bill and statement of calls. This knowledge may be the extra boost they need when it comes to deciding whether or not to use their cell during school hours.
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