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    Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    created by Ellie8 5 days 12 hours 32 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    Hi CNET! I hope everyone had a good, relaxing weekend.

    I recently read about Yondr, a pouch that you put your phone in. It locks, preventing you from accessing your phone. You need to go to an unlocking station to regain access to your phone. This is something that's been rolled out at events like concerts and in schools. It was recently discussed on my town's facebook page, and I'm curious how you would feel if your child's phone was locked in a bag all day? How would you feel if you couldn't have your phone on you during a concert?

    I personally think students don't need to be on their phones at school. If a parent needs them, they can call the office. I think these pouches are great because phones are a huge distraction. I think they're amazing at concerts too, though part of me dislikes that shows are making them mandatory. I am of the mindset that you paid to be at a show, don't spend it recording the whole thing. That said, I'm not about to tell anyone not to snapchat an entire concert if that's what they want to do.


    Thoughts?

    I hope you all have a good start to the week!
    Elissa

    Re: Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    I first want to write that I have never heard or read about Yondr pouch technology. I think this pouch sounds feasible and appropriate for school age children as many own phones and this is too distracting for them and everyone in the classroom. However, I don't think post-secondary students should be instructed to do this. Adults should have more freedom to access and use their phones during class. I believe the phones should be off or silent in the classroom. The only time in which I find it appropriate for phones to be collected is under very limited circumstances. One of them being live performances that do not allow any pictures or recordings (such as comedy clubs).

    By the way, where are these unlocking stations? How is the security of these devices? How do they limit fraud/hacking/and other illicit activity?

    Re: Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    Hello!

    Thanks for replying! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the difference between how older and younger kids should be treated. I kind of agree, but at the same time think school is a place to learn and not be on one's phone. That said, I think older students should be given more trust to keep their phones in their pockets rather than having them locked all day. As far as unlocking stations, I can't find the specific article I read so I'm not sure. I'd imagine that might vary based on the location. I do know that the students keep the pouches on them all day, so theft wouldn't be a huge issue thankfully.

    Thank you again for your reply and have a good week!
    Elissa

    Re: Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    Hello!

    I have mixed feelings about the use of cellphones during concerts and schools. I love to take photos and can understand why people use their phones during concerts- but I agree that it sometimes gets out of hand.

    It is interesting that you brought this topic up because I had just recently read an article about the pouches that you were describing to lock up students phones during school. I have a hard time with this one, I have a lot of friends that are teachers that cannot stand the cellphone use of their students. It can be a HUGE distraction and I understand why thats not okay. When I was in high school, we were allowed to have our phones on us, but cellphone use including texting was not allowed and we had to leave them at the front of the class during exams. On the other side of that, with the increase of danger at schools I think students having their cellphones as resources to reach their families in case of emergencies is extremely important. It is sad that we have to think about that, but the reality of the situation is that incidents are happening at schools more often now and I can appreciate the benefits of the kids having their phones.

    Re: Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    Hi, I have heard about this, but the thing about a concert, is you pay for the expensive ticket and I don't see why you shouldn't be able to record your memories or take some pictures. The artists like it when it is something they want you to do, like use flashlights to light up the place. It should be our freedom to use. In schools a basket should be sufficient.

    - W

    Re: Locking access to phones at schools and concerts?

    Hello Cnet!

    Ellie 8, thanks for your prompt reply. If you have the article, please post it online. I am more than happy to read it. Wames, I never stated that phones are not allowed or even not encouraged at live concerts. I simply stated that there are certain live performances such as comedy clubs that prohibit or discourage the use. In other words, some comedians do not encourage this and even prohibit this. Therefore, this new pouch technology has the potential to prevent unwanted recordings and uploads online.

    Cheers,

    Deborah