Cell Phones in Schools: Tool or Distraction?

By: Madison Clabough


Starting in September 2019, cell phones were banned in Ontario, Canada schools during instructional time.The new ban means elementary and middle school students won’t be able to use their cellphones in the classroom unless it is for educational purposes, medical reasons, or as support for students with special needs. By banning cellphones, Ontario’s Education Ministry hopes to remove distractions so students can focus on the fundamental learning skills they need- including reading, writing and math. Students check their phones in the classroom an average of more than 11 times a day. That can add up to a lot of time spent distracted from schoolwork. And when students are distracted, it’s a recipe for extra stress, frustration, and catch-up time for everyone. With students spending up to 20% of their in-class time texting, emailing, and checking social media, how do you know where to draw the line?