What are the rules about using cell phones at school?

Every school has different rules for cell phone use, but most allow students to bring phones so long as they turn them off during class. Parents: check the school's rules -- and make sure your kids are mature enough to follow them. Generally speaking, kids should use their phones sparingly and only when permitted, before and after -- but not during -- the school day, such as when they need a ride, there's an emergency, their plans change, or Mom or Dad calls. (And parents, although it can be tempting to text your kid during the day, resist the urge unless it's truly urgent.)

Students have been known to misuse their cell phones at school. Make sure they know not to use the phone for unsanctioned purposes, such as cheating, harassing teachers and videotaping it, taking pictures of other kids without their permission, and so on. Some violations have serious consequences -- and the evidence is all on the phone.

What are your school's rules about cell phone use?

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Teen, 13 years old written by mxlky

I have no idea of what the rules for high school are, but, for elementary school you could only use it on the last day of school or when we had a party (1 hour indoor recess usually with a movie). For middle school you can use it at recess, when your done with work, and some other stuff.
Teen, 13 years old written by Caitlin2525

While I was in elementary school, we had to keep our phones in our bags for the whole day. For the school I went to for 6th grade, you could use your phone every day at lunch and when you were done with your work in class. As for the school I'm currently going to, they tell us to keep our phones in our lockers. No one does it, and the teachers don't really care. They also tell us to turn it off, and people, once again, don't care. All we do is keep them on silent in our pockets, and earlier in the year, could use it on certain days at lunch if we were previously good. Now that we have today (early hours of Tuesday the 12th), Wednesday, and a high school tour Thursday as our last days of school, the teachers don't care anymore. I use it frequently in Algebra, and my Spanish teacher encourages it. I even have a little fan that I plug into my phone in Science. If you want to find the little fans, go to GameStop. They plug into your phone's charging port.
Kid, 10 years old

At my elementary school,you have to keep your phone in your bookbag the whole day.if your teacher hears it or sees it,you get on big trouble.you can only use it on the bus,if there is a emergency you got to use the school phone in the office.Some kids bring there phones to school(one kid brought a IPHONE X)but dont even use them.In the neighboring district,you can use it when ever you want!!!!when i go to middle school i can only use it if i get a special reward.
Teen, 13 years old written by itsCOOLGUYRY

You can only go on your phone after and before school unless the teacher tells you you can. i oftin go on it in the bathroom
Teen, 15 years old written by CaTaco

I can tell that most schools are pretty leaniuate on cellphone use. Which is cool but im looking for an answer towards what happened in my algebra class. My friend and I were working on are assignment, being quiet, and following basic rules. But are sub was drill sergeant rude. Well, she reached into my friend's pocket, and took his phone. She had to literally dig threw his pocket to get it, and no we had no previous warning. I don't know how to get the student handbook to look for myself, so I was seeing if anyone here knows if this allowed.
Teen, 16 years old written by h a m

my school doesn't really care so many kids have their phones out during class. Recently, I've been leaving my phone at home. And it has been quite beneficial for me and could be for others.
Teen, 13 years old written by SomeKid373

Dear god, my school recently changed the cell phone rules to allow them during class, and its pretty chaotic. Half of my classmates don't get any work done, they're all on snapchat, and the teachers don't seem to care.
Adult written by Kei T.

It depends on the school or sometimes the teacher. While I was attending high school we could use our phones all the time, but it was an engineering school where technology was praised, so that could also be the reason.
Kid, 10 years old

At my school, you leave it in your bag and turn it off. Next year, I will put it in my locker and only be able to use it on breaks.
Kid, 10 years old

At my school, If you bring a phone, Including an iPod, You need to put it on do not disturb and put it in this special pocket thing that hangs on a wall. At the end of the day, You can get your phone back. Also we are only allowed to use our phones, only to contact parents, in the courtyard from 3:15 to 3:30. If you need to call a parent during school hours you need to use the classroom phone.
Kid, 11 years old

Depends on the school. At my school, unless you are permitted, you cannot use your phone. You can use it before and after school. Most kids at my school don’t listen to this rule though.
Kid, 11 years old

At my middle school they say we can't text after dismissal which is basically when we are standing up walking to our buses. My phone sometimes opens random apps, and it opened messages and the teacher came over and asked my name then she said "That's how we get our phones taken away" and she said it in a matter that sounded like she thought I was stupid! I looked her in the eye and I was thinking "why can't we have our phones out while loading buses?" Could someone pllzzzz tell me why if you can't then clearly my teacher doesn't know what she is talking about I guess!
Kid, 12 years old

At our school, cell phones must be turned off in class unless a teacher approves it. If you use it in class, it is held in the office for a parent to pick it up. If it rings in class, you can get it back at the end of the day.
Teen, 13 years old written by donnali

At my school, they don't allow phone in the school. You have to keep them in your locker, and if you are caught using your phone in school, even after dismissal, they can take away your phone. Some kids try to sneak their phone in class and take pictures, which is why they don't like us using our phone.
Kid, 11 years old

At my (elementary) school, you have to hand your phone in if you bring it. There's a sticky with your name on it and you can get it at the end of the day. You can use it during school in emergency situations. The school does this because kids would text during class. At the middle school I'll attend next grade, you can use it before school, after school, and during lunch.
Teen, 13 years old written by SGHaggarty

My school (in Ontario, Canada) has pretty strict rules about cell phone use. They allow you to use personal devices with permission for class work and during recesses. If you need contact with a partner on a project, you are allowed to call or text them on your phone.
Teen, 15 years old written by Katie14633

Ever school is different. At my school we are allowed to have cell phones but they are supposed to be turned off during class. During break, lunch, before, and after school we can use them.