While on the surface the idea of having cell phones in school may seem like a bad idea, there are quite a few reasons why having cell phones in schools can be a good thing. With advantages ranging from safety to easy communication, there are plenty of reasons why you may want to send your child to school with more than just pens and pencils.
Being able to easily contact family members (or be contacted by family) is one of the most obvious advantages of having a cell phone in school. Schools typically have a limited number of phones available for children to use. A child with a cell phone can easily call home in the event of an early release from school or emergency when a large number of children may be trying to use the phone at the same time. A cell phone can also allow a parent to call or text their child to let them know they will be late picking them up or any other important information that they might not be able to get to their child otherwise.
Most cell phones have a built-in GPS chip to allow their location to be pin-pointed at any given time, with some carriers offering the option for parents to track their child's phone online in real-time. The GPS functionality of a child's phone can be invaluable should a child be abducted or disappear while at school and need to be located.
Many mobile phones today have built-in web browsers which allow them connect to and surf the web. A child can use the internet searching capabilities of their phone to help while doing research for homework or papers in situations where they might not have easy access to a computer.
Schools--like anywhere else--can be the scene for accidents and other emergencies. Having a cell phone can enable a child to call 911 should a medical or other emergency occur. Without having a cell phone, children would have to locate a phone, which can cost valuable time and may delay the arrival of help.