Teens and cellphones: Some startling statistics

 

 

by Christopher Paslay

 

Recently, Common Sense Media and Benenson Strategy Group conducted over 2,000 interviews with teenagers about their cellphone use.  Here are some of their findings:

 

          –Eight in 10 teenagers have cell phones.

 

          –In an average week, teens send 440 text messages.

 

          –110 of these text messages are sent during class.

         

          –65 percent of teens use their cellphones in the building  despite school policy.

    

          –35 percent admitted to cheating on a test at least once with their cellphone.

 

          –65 percent say they know of somebody who has cheated with a cellphone.

 

          –Only 41 percent say that cheating with a cellphone is a serious offense.       

 

Although technology is obviously here to stay, and progressive educators must find innovative ways to use this technology to their students’ benefit, I believe we are nearing critical mass when it comes to cellphones and the classroom.  Something has got to give: the cellphone or academic integrity.

 

In my opinion, cellphones in schools are going to eventually go in the direction of cellphones in cars—there will be stricter rules and regulations put in place to keep teens from abusing technology.

 

Let’s just hope principals and education policy makers come to their senses sooner rather than later.